How a shoe­box can change a child’s life

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

If you have ever wanted to be a good sa­mar­i­tan, here is a great op­por­tu­nity.

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, run by Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to give a gift to a child in poverty.

Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse is a non­de­nom­i­na­tional evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal aid to hurt­ing peo­ple around the world.

Kathy Bax­en­dine organises the Mata­mata col­lec­tion.

Last year 400 boxes were do­nated from our com­mu­nity to is­lands in the South Pa­cific.

She loves the sim­ple ges­ture and that some­thing as small as a shoe box makes such a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the chil­dren they are gifted to.

‘‘These chil­dren don’t have much, it lets them know they are loved and cared for.’’

If you would like to do­nate, you can col­lect a box from the Bap­tist Church dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours, or choose an ap­pro­pri­ate sized shoe box and fill it with six items for a spe­cific age and gen­der.

In your box in­clude some­thing to wear, some­thing to love, some- thing to play with, school sta­tion­ary, a hy­giene item and some­thing spe­cial or per­sonal, such as an ad­di­tional gift or photo of your fam­ily or a let­ter.

Avoid any­thing that can leak, shat­ter or smash.

You have the op­tion of be­ing able to track your box to see where it gets de­liv­ered.

Bax­en­dine is happy to col­lect com­pleted boxes or you can con­tact her for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on 021 209 6430.

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