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MidCentral District Health Board staff sending Christmas Gifts

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MidCentral District Health Board staff are generously helping out with Operation Christmas Child again this year.

Olive Ruby with a pile of empty boxes she would love to have filled with Christmas cheer for less fortunate children overseas.


Operation Christmas Child aims to send shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in less fortunate countries so that they have something to open on Christmas Day. This year they are focusing on helping the island of Tanna in Vanuatu after they suffered considerable damage from Cyclone Pam earlier this year.

The staff at MDHB have helped with this project over the past six years and this year the team from the Blood Transfusion Service took away 17 boxes to fill. Infection Prevention and Control nurse Olive Ruby, who is coordinating the project at MDHB said: “Ideally we would like to aim for 100 boxes; however Operation Christmas Child is going with the theme ‘one more box’ this year.” Olive suggests that “people can team up and do a section each to help share the costs.”

For those who may be interested in doing this project you will need a shoebox (wrap the lid and the box separately) alternatively you can pick a pre-printed box up from Manna Bookstore and then pick an age group: 2-4 boy or girl, 5-9 boy or girl, and 10-14 boy or girl. The boxes then need to be filled with various items. The following are categories that Operation Christmas Child like to have in all the boxes:
• Something to love; a soft toy or action figure would be great
• Something to wear; t-shirts, jandals and hats are great, but underwear is often forgotten
• Something for school; Children need exercise books and pencils so they can attend school, so don’t be shy on these
• Something for personal hygiene; toothbrushes, combs, soap, flannels are great, but please don’t put toothpaste or liquid in (nothing worse than it leaking over everything)
• Something to play with; tennis balls, skipping ropes, marbles or even a deflated soccer ball and pump would be great items to put in
• Something special; this could be stickers, sunglasses, or a bag to carry everything in.

You can include a photo of yourself or family but are asked not to include personal details. Also, it is preferred that anything war or gambling-related is not included.

Once the box is filled they can be dropped off anytime between 1 October and 23 October at Manna Bookstore, 79 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North and will require a $9 postage fee which can be paid online. If the fee is paid online you will also be able to find out which country your shoebox goes to.

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