Heathcote's Helen Wallace is reminding district residents it’s time to donate old shoe boxes to the annual Samaritan drive.July 9, 2014 3:51am
Every year people around Australia dig out their old shoe boxes to help fulfil the wishes of needy children around the world at Christmas.
Heathcote Anglican Church members gather annually to decorate and fill the boxes with gifts the children need and hope for.
Heathcote Anglican Church mission secretary Helen Wallace said district residents had always given generously to the Samaritan shoe box program, which aimed to provide for some of the simpler needs of children growing up in third world and disadvantaged communities.
‘‘They need simple things that we so often take for granted, like a new toothbrush, a comb, a ball to play with or a beanie to keep their head warm and dry,’’ Mrs Wallace said.
Standard shoe boxes can be dropped off at Buddy’s Op Shop in High St and Mrs Wallace said residents were also welcome to decorate the boxes before dropping them in.
‘‘We also need more items to go into the shoe boxes, especially combs, soap, toothbrushes and face washers because we always run out of those,’’ Mrs Wallace said.
‘‘Remember us when you see a special on these items or anything else that goes in the shoe boxes.’’
Some items are deemed inappropriate, including food or lollies, items that could break, melt or leak, anything that could scare or harm a child, used or damaged goods, any gambling related items (including playing cards or play money), or anything of a religious, racial or political nature.
Mrs Wallace would also like to remind those district residents collecting five cent pieces for the YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty) program they can now deposit them in a jar at Buddy’s Op Shop.
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