Samaritan's Purse calls for support this Christmas

Bring a little cheer to children living in impoverished countries this Christmas by supporting 'Operation Christmas Child'.

Sue Reedy is again facilitating the Upper Lachlan Shire's donations for the Samaritan's Purse appeal.

Christmas Spirit: Boxes are available from Robyn Duncombe and Allison Hewitt at Duncombe and Co in Crookwell for the Operation Christmas Child appeal. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Christmas Spirit: Boxes are available from Robyn Duncombe and Allison Hewitt at Duncombe and Co in Crookwell for the Operation Christmas Child appeal. Photo: Clare McCabe.

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The not-for-profit organisation - also providing international emergency relief - will give gift-filled boxes to children in developing countries at Christmas.

Mrs Reedy said it was rewarding to hear the volunteers stories of box distribution. "Especially the joy of the children when they see the contents and realise everything in the box is for them."

Those people who wish to donate can collect a box to fill from the offices of Duncombe and Co on Goulburn Street in Crookwell. Others can donate single items or contribute to postage and handling costs.

Mrs Reedy along with a small band of volunteers will pack any loose items.

"Ideas for gifts include; something to wear, something to love, something for school, something to play with and something for Hygiene," she said.

"My grand kids have sent a photo and a letter."

Presents for either a boy or girl aged two to 14 could be puzzles, Lego, toy cars or trucks, dolls, hair clips, pencils and books.

These gifts are taken by volunteers into villages, some are so remote they can only be accessed by canoe.

In 2018, 405 boxes reached children who live in hard circumstances some who don't own toys or essential living items.

"It's so easy to make a difference.

"The joy on their faces... they can't believe its all for them."

Information and boxes can now be collected from Duncombe and Co. Completed boxes can be returned to Duncombe and Co with postage and handling by October 25.

  • For more information phone Sue Reedy on 0408 488 434.