Raymond Terrace Church participates in Samaritan’s purse Christmas Child appeal

Hannah White, Lauren Tso and Alistair Tso with just some of the 130 boxes going overseas this week from Raymond Terrace. (left) An example of one of the boxes contents being sent by the Hunter-Barrington Presbyterian Church. (right)
Hannah White, Lauren Tso and Alistair Tso with just some of the 130 boxes going overseas this week from Raymond Terrace. (left)
An example of one of the boxes contents being sent by the Hunter-Barrington Presbyterian Church. (right)

 

A RECORD number of Christmas appeal boxes are leaving a Raymond Terrace church, with the sole purchase of making sure some very special children have a wonderful Christmas.

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The Hunter-Barrington Presbyterian Church in Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace has participated this year in the Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal.

They have filled over 130 boxes with presents, love, prayers and encouragement for children.

The Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal is the largest of its kind and has delivered more than 135 million shoeboxes of love since its inception.

Their goal this year is to deliver 370,000 gift-filled boxes to children in seven nations.

In many cases, the children receiving these boxes may not have ever received a present, and the impact that can be made from such an experience is immeasurable.

Boxes have a list of requirements to include, as well as cards, notes of encouragement and prayers being suggested as great additions before the boxes are packed.

Each boxes needs to include something from each of the six categories of; Something to wear, something to play with, something for school, something to love, something special and something for personal hygiene.

Donators are asked to consider that one of these items be a ‘wow’ item that a child would not ever have had, like a soccer ball or doll.

Church representative Vanessa Tso told News Of The Area, ‘We have been so humbled by how many people from the church and the wider community have been willing to help out a child in need.”

“We are so excited to send these boxes off and make sure these children feel our love at Christmas time.”

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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