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Operation Christmas Child 2016

27/10/2016
Operation Christmas Child 2016
 
Well done to everyone who was involved in this year’s Operation Christmas Child Appeal. Miss Cooper delivered 28 shoe boxes filled with gifts from the Staff and Students of Toolooa State High School to the drop-off point at Fresh FM on Wednesday of week 3 this term.
 
This wonderful charity is run by Samaritan’s Purse, an international group that operates in impoverished countries all over the world. Much of their work involves helping communities provide some of their most basic needs – such as water filters, schools and medical treatment and many other things. These things help the entire community – but each year it is OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD that truly brings a smile to the faces of the children in these villages.  Last year a hundreds of thousands of boxes were sent from Australia and New Zealand to children in 7 different countries in Asia and the South Pacific.
 
The appeal involves preparing a shoebox of items for an impoverished child. Each shoebox contains at LEAST ONE item from SIX basic categories: something to love, something to play with, something for school, something for personal hygiene, something to wear and something special. It is very important that each box also includes enough money to cover the cost of shipping the box ($9). The best way to do this is to pay online, so that you can print a bar code to attach to your box. You will then receive an email early in 2017 to let you know which country your box was sent to.  The 2016 campaign has now closed (it takes months to ship the boxes around the world) but please consider getting involved in the 2017 campaign.
 
When a child opens a shoe box, they’re opening more than a present lovingly prepared just for them. They’re opening up their community to a world of life-changing opportunities. The boxes bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world. As each shoe box gift is delivered, it is treasured by the child that receives it.