Movie presentation to help needy children

Operation Christmas Child (a project of Samaritan’s Purse Australia) is joining with the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre to present the movie ‘A Walk In the Woods’ featuring Robert Redford, Nic Nolte and Emma Thompson on Wednesday, September 9.

Tickets include afternoon tea prior to the movie. A Walk In The Woods is about Bill (Robert Redford) who instead of retiring to enjoy time with wife and family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine USA).

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting shoe boxes on the Central Coast for 14 years. Each year the generous people of the Central Coast are encouraged to fill a shoe box with simple gifts.

Suggested items are something to love, something to play with, an item of clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene and something special. During October these boxes are collected at Unit 4, 28 Dell Rd, West Gosford.

Last year over 7,000 boxes were sent from the Central Coast to the processing centre at Kings Park in Sydney. In all, 321,526 needy children in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand received boxes from Australia which gave them joy and hope for a better world in their hearts.

These children are usually receiving their very first gift. Many of the items put into the boxes are everyday items for us (i.e. soap, facecloth and a toothbrush) but luxuries to those receiving them.

Handmade items such teddy bears, balls, toys, library size bags, marble bags and clothes are always appreciated. People donate other suitable items such toys or contribute donations toward the distribution of the boxes.

Media release,
22 August 2015
Glynis Heath, Operation
Christmas Child Central Coast

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