Operation Christmas Child: Bethanie Peel packs early Xmas cheer for Samaritans Purse Australia


Bethanie chaplain Penny Street and residents Julie Bourke and Maureen Tranah put the final touches to the boxes.

Bethanie chaplain Penny Street and residents Julie Bourke and Maureen Tranah put the final touches to the boxes.

The boxes hold a range of items including toys and toiletries.
Bethanie chaplain Penny Street and residents Julie Bourke and Maureen Tranah put the final touches to the boxes. Bethanie chaplain Penny Street and residents Julie Bourke and Maureen Tranah put the final touches to the boxes. The boxes hold a range of items including toys and toiletries.

BETHANIE Peel is among four Bethanie Independent Living Units involved in packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child – the work of Samaritans Purse Australia.

Residents at Bethanie Peel, Bethanie Warwick, Bethanie Kingsley and Bethanie Geneff have been busy buying, sewing and knitting to pack shoe boxes and have produced a record 300 boxes.

In the Operation Christmas Child project, residents pack shoe boxes and send them overseas to children who have never received a gift.

The boxes contain brand new items from five categories – something to play with, to love, to wear, for school and for personal hygiene.

On one recent day, Bethanie Peel residents packed 50 boxes in 15 minutes.

Bethanie Geneff residents packed 100 in half an hour.

The Peel boxes, for youngsters aged 10-14, are expected to be sent to Cambodia.

Each box is estimated to impact 15 people as the children share the contents.

Each box costs $10 for postage and is covered by residents through fundraising and chapel offerings.

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