Gift of giving: Christmas (boxes) in July

Melissa and Sarah Curtis sit atop the waiting cartons of Operation Christmas Child boxes last year.

Melissa and Sarah Curtis sit atop the waiting cartons of Operation Christmas Child boxes last year.

It’s not too late to join in with many others in Cowra and district in making up a box for a child in our Pacific Rim neighbourhood.

You can use a regular shoe box or get a flat pack one from Trish Cusack on 0438 423 873 for 50 cents.

But what should you put inside your box?

Six brand new “somethings”:  

  • to love,
  • wear,
  • special,
  • for school,
  • to play with,
  • for personal hygiene.

You should be able to put a few items from each or at least, several categories.

Make it for a girl or boy in either of the three age groups:

  • Two to Four years
  • Five to Nine years or 
  • 10 to 14 years

Ensure this is clearly on the box.

Make the box chockers as possible, there is also a further $10 needed, in an envelope in the box, for transport and Ministry costs.

This will be taken out at the Sydney depot where your box will also be checked re: the receiving country’s importation rules but every effort will be made to send your box as you wanted it to go.

You can include a photo of yourself and a note if you wish.

Any month up to October is good for leaving your box at RAPT Gifts in Kendal Street or you can take them to Phill’s Blinds and Awnings in Redfern Street in early October only.

It’ll need an elastic band around it or similar please.

Samaritan’s Purse is the parent Company of Operation Christmas Child and is well known for its relief and development projects.

The President and CEO is Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham the famous evangelist who died in February.

Globally in 2017 there were over 11 million boxes given out to children aged two to 14 years old. 

It may be the only gift they ever receive.

Cowra sent 678 boxes in 2016 and you can be part of it, as Craig Jennings the Field Ministry Leader for NSW/ACT said on his recent visit to Cowra, the most important item to put into a box is love.