Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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Great Mercury Bay support for Operation Christmas Child

People all around Mercury Bay have once again been shopping large and imaginatively for small things to pack into boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an appeal run annually by the charity, Samaritan’s Purse. This year the boxes are going to remote villages in Fiji, Cambodia, Malawi and Madagascar.

Saturday, 31 October was the deadline for getting the boxes away. Donations and gifts were stacked up at collection points all around the Coromandel.  Sunday, 25 October was earmarked for “packing day” at St Andrew’s by the Sea Community Church in Whitianga, where gifts and donations had been coming in for weeks in advance. Local OCC coordinator, Robyn Balfour, came to help the packing team. All manner of small toys was packed, together with items of clothing and personal hygiene. Boxes were labelled by age and gender.

Robyn says each year Samaritan’s Purse identifies the most needy places where the charity has a presence and every child in those villages is invited to take a box. “I would love to be there to see their faces when they open their boxes,” Robyn says.

This year, the Coromandel Peninsula contributed a total of 228 boxes to the Operation Christmas Child appeal. Mercury Bay alone contributed 119 boxes.

Pictured: The St Andrew’s packing team on 25 October. From the left - Annie Lynch, Robyn Balfour, Elizabeth Nicholls, Julie St George, Sue Hutson, Gina Mahmud and Garth Hutson.

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