GENEROUS people on the Coffs Coast have donated 1475 boxes of gifts for the 2010 Operation Christmas Child appeal.
Coffs Coast regional appeal co-ordinator Judy Burrows has thanked the region for the amazing support, with boxes put together by local schools, churches, hospitals, community groups and individuals.
The appeal asked people to fill a shoebox with a selection of small gifts for a child – something to love, something special, something for school, something to play with, something to wear and something for personal hygiene.
It sounds a lot to fit inside a shoebox but as Mrs Burrows can tell you, they can hold a lot.
“This year I was blessed to spend 10 amazing days in Vietnam,” Mrs Burrows said.
“As a team, we handed out more than 5000 gift-filled boxes to needy children and could see the joy and love those boxes bring.
“2009 Operation Christmas Child was able to ship 306,408 gift-filled boxes to children in Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam, and already this year, a special shipment of thousands of boxes has been delivered to Haiti.”
Mrs Burrows extended special thanks to Davis Alarmed Self-Storage for a shed to keep and sort the boxes; Coffs City Mission for delivering them to Lindsay’s Transport; Lindsay’s for taking them to Sydney, and; the Coffs Coast Advocate for publicity.