Central Tablelands Woodcraft group helps Operation Christmas Child

HELPING HAND: Woodies members Peter Sparks, Michael Hayes, David Coombs, Jim Hallahan and Brian Clymo with toys and chalkboards for the 2018 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift program. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081518cwoodies
HELPING HAND: Woodies members Peter Sparks, Michael Hayes, David Coombs, Jim Hallahan and Brian Clymo with toys and chalkboards for the 2018 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift program. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081518cwoodies

MEMBERS of the Central Tablelands Woodcraft group have accepted the challenge to make toys for this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift program. 

Operation Christmas Child Bathurst co-ordinator Faye Taylor says the “delightful hand-made toys” will be packed in the shoeboxes along with soft toys, clothing and items for school and hygiene.

“The boxes will be sent to needy children in developing countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands,” she said.

The shoebox program is an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit Christian organisation that provides emergency relief and development assistance to suffering people around the world.

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The Bathurst community outdid itself last year when 1810 shoeboxes of gifts were packed – the most the city has contributed.

“This unique program brings a message of joy and hope to children who have never before received a gift,” Ms Taylor said.

Those who want to contribute to the program can use an ordinary shoebox or pick up a red and green box from Lush Lashes at 113 George Street, Bathurst Baptist Church on Eglinton Road or Hope Church Kelso. 

For further information, contact Ms Taylor on 0418 167 958.

Operation Christmas Child Bathurst is also on Facebook.