The Weekly Advertiser Horsham
Shoebox project ‘life-changing’
Operation Christmas Child leaders have again put out a call for Wimmera residents to help improve the lives of children in need throughout the world.
In 2020, Samaritans Purse collected more than nine-million shoebox gifts globally and distributed them in more than 100 countries, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samaritans Purse area co-ordinator Ann Rohde said shoeboxes from Australia and New Zealand went to Cambodia, Fiji, Soloman Islands, Malawi and Madagascar.
“Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need and living in vulnerable situations, by filling shoeboxes with clothes, toys, hygiene items, school supplies and fun gifts,” she said.
“Many children after receiving a shoebox are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey.”
The Greatest Journey is a 12-lesson discipleship program.
Mrs Rohde said Wimmera families and individuals could use a shoebox from home – no larger than an A4 piece of paper – or pick up a pre-printed shoebox and brochure at Horsham Disposals once restrictions ease. Filled shoeboxes need to be returned to Horsham Disposals by October 15.
“If your area is currently in lockdown or you’re too busy to pack a gift-filled shoebox, don’t worry, you can pack a box online,” Mrs Rohde said.
People can visit website operation christmaschild.org.au or call Mrs Rohde on 0467 239 493 or 1300 884 468 for more information.
“Pack a shoebox today and be a part of this life-changing project,” Mrs Rohde said.