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We also have a working bee to make 120
library bags! This year the staff of Big W at
Raymond Terr ace a sked to be involved and
gave huge boxes of clothing and toys. We
have sever al ladies who knit and crochet
sof t toys so that ever y child receives
something to love. The ladies who come to
Women's Shed (that's another story) pack
the toiletries, make libr ary bags and knit
soft toys. It's a project people love to be
involved in !
This simple annual task ha s grown and
grown and brings as least a s much pleasure
to those who give as I'm sure it does to the
children who receive.
You may wish to visit
Yvonne Morris, Lydia Izquierdo, Sr Margaret Valentine and Denise Darlington,
all busy with boxes.
Aurora invited Myall Coast parishioner, Rose
Smith, to share a simple but effective initiative
that culminates each Christmas.
In 2006 my neighbour asked if I would be
interested in packing some boxes for the
Samaritans' Christmas Box Appeal. I was , and
that year I happily packed boxes with our
family member s.
In 2007 I presented the idea to our parish
of Myall Coast (Bulahdelah, Kar uah, Tea
Gardens) for consider ation as a parish effor t.
Since then, we have packed 120 boxes each
The boxes are an initiative of the Christian
organisation, "Samaritan's Pur se", and they
are packed in various places in Austr alia
around October each year. From here
they are sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New
Guinea, Samoa , Thailand, Vanuatu
Sometimes the boxes are the means by
which missionaries make contact with
and bring the Good News to isolated
communities. In other instances, the boxes
are given out after contact has been
established. Whatever the circumstances,
the boxes are given in Jesus' name and ar e a
reminder that someone loves and cares in a
practical way. Boxes ar e only given once to
each community, to enable the good news
to be spread as widely as possible.
In Februar y each year we invite
contributions, via the parish bulletin,
commencing with clothes, while the summer
sales are on! Toiletries, school requisites,
toys, balls, skipping ropes, marbles and hair
car e products are also requested at different
times . Along with goodies to fill the boxes ,
we also r aise funds to cover $10 postage for
Each church has a box for donations
and Pastor al Co-ordinator, Sr Margaret
Valentine r sc, collects these and brings them
to Karuah for stor age. In August, we have
a r ather enjoyable working bee to pack the
On the Myall Coast we do this as a parish
activity but in some schools and church
groups, each family takes a box and fills it.
This is an ideal way to involve children.
The response from our parish has been
over whelming and through parishioner s'
connections, we now have suppor t from
many beyond our parish community. It's
contagious! The craft group I belong to r an
a r affle and r aised $365 towards postage.
GOODNESS IS CONTAGIOUS!
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