Young is filled with Christmas spirit

With only 103 days until Christmas Operation Christmas Child are calling on locals to dig deep and give a small gift to brighten a third-world child's day.

The people of Young are busy collecting items to pack in their shoe boxes for 2019 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) with one local church organising an event for the whole community to get involved in.

New Life Community Church in Young will be holding a packing party on Saturday September 28, 2019 from 10am with all locals invited to attend and give a gift that keeps on giving.

GIVING FOR A CAUSE: Locals have already begun to pack shoe boxes for the 2019 Operation Christmas Child. Photo: Rebecca Hewson.

GIVING FOR A CAUSE: Locals have already begun to pack shoe boxes for the 2019 Operation Christmas Child. Photo: Rebecca Hewson.

The upcoming school holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to get local children involved with each step in the shoebox packing process.

Over the past several years locals have been digging deep to give to those less fortunate and ensure they receive some good old Aussie Christmas cheer.

This is the 26th year that operation Christmas Child has been sending shoe boxes filled with items for the boys and girls who live in need in over 100 countries.

Each shoe box is an opportunity for the boys and girls to experience love in a tangible way.

OCC shoe boxes from Australia and New Zealand are delivered to children living in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Madagascar and Philippines.

Samaritan's Purse are involved in communities in South East Asia and the South Pacific making a difference through clean water projects, medical, nutrition and livelihood projects.

Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are packed in three age groups 2-4, 5-9, 10-14, with simple gifts a soft toy, school supplies, a washer and soap, tooth brush, shorts or skirt/ T- shirt or thongs and beanie, a skipping rope, cars and a tennis ball, and a library bag.

There is a $10 donation for each shoe box, to cover the project cost from your hands to the hands of the boys and girls.

Brochures with "how to pack a shoebox" are available by contacting Lyn Walker from New Life Community Church by calling 0428 699 779.

Collection month for Young is October.

Filled shoe boxes can be delivered to the New Life Community Church at 32 McDonells Road, Young on Saturday September 28 or by organising a delivery time with Lyn.

For OCC inquires contact Lyn Walker on 0428 699 779.

The New Life Community Church Shoebox Packing Party will be held at the church on 32 McDonells Road from 10am on Saturday September 28.

Morning tea will be provided throughout the event with all locals invited to attend and take part in the gift of giving to those less fortunate.