Operation Christmas Child success

Judy Burrows giving out Christmas boxes to children in Vietnam.
Judy Burrows giving out Christmas boxes to children in Vietnam.

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.

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