Christmas cheer for the needy

WHILE some children are asking Santa for a Playstation 3 or a new bike, there are many who are asking simply for something to eat.

For these children, it's the little things that make all the difference - and that's why Judy Burrow, regional director of Samaritans Purse, is thanking the Coffs Coast community for their extraordinary generosity in this year's Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child, a program run by non-profit organisation Samaritans Purse, provides donations of gift-filled shoe boxes to children from poverty-stricken and war-torn areas.

This year, 1533 boxes with something to love, something to play with, something to write and draw with, something for personal hygiene and something special inside will be sent - that's 133 more than 2007.

Ms Burrows would like to thank everyone who helped make this year one of the best yet.

“I'd like to thank the Coffs Coast community, and local schools and churches for their efforts.”

Davis Alarmed Self Storage donated a shed to store the boxes; Coffs City Mission collected them and delivered them to Lindsays Transport, who donated the shipment of the boxes to Sydney.



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