Shoe boxes filled with toys
THE launch of Operation Christmas Child was a great success with 100 attendants lending their hands for disadvantaged children.
Held at Southern Cross University on Thursday, the launch provided plenty of shoe boxes ready to be filled by volunteers with toys for children who may not otherwise get a Christmas present.
"The shoe boxes are made specifically for either boys or girls aged between two and 14, and are filled with different items," SCU chaplain Emily Wililo said.
"We put in things like soft toys, stickers, lollies, pens and pencils, playing cards, and even underwear."
Operation Christmas Child aims to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes.
"We're trying to get as many groups involved as possible, to reach our goals of 1000 present-filled shoe boxes," Ms Wililo said.
Operation Christmas Child is operated by Christian organisation Samaritans Purse.
The organisation is looking for more shoe boxes and presents to fill them, including, soft toys, colouring books, clothes that will fit in a shoe box, writing pads, toothbrushes, or hairbrushes.
You can include anything you like, except breakables, liquids, perishables, medicine, war related items, or used items.