Esperance shoebox team host packing day at Tor Youth Shed

Shoebox team members Susan Thomason, Loris Fisher and Kerry Ware. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Shoebox team members Susan Thomason, Loris Fisher and Kerry Ware. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The Operation Christmas Child Esperance shoebox team are organising packing days to help prepare a minimum of 500 boxes.

Packing sessions will be held on Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7 at the Tor Youth Shed on Pink Lake Road.

The team have Esperance Senior High School, Esperance Anglican Community School, Nulsen Primary School, Esperance Christian Primary School and the Activ Foundation involved.

Sessions will be open to the public between 2:00pm and 3:00pm on Thursday and between 10:00am and 11:00am on Friday.

A Youth Night will also be held between 6:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday.

Youth night participants will rotate between different stations including a packing station, a table tennis station and a pool table station.

There is a $5 fee for the night to cover food costs.

Esperance shoebox team member Susan Thomason said there had been a strong show of community support this year.

“Munglinup and Cascade Primary School have done their own boxes,” she said.

“We've had a couple of stalls in Woolworths and we've given out around 100 boxes.

“A lot of older retired people are working constantly, a 92 year-old lady knitted 160 items.

“It’s all about getting the community involved.”

Ms Thomason said the operation helped local children consider children from other nations and how they could be helped.

“The children that receive this, it can change their lives,” she said.

“Some kids in Africa can't go to school unless they have a pair of shoes, so if they get a pair of shoes in a box they can go to school.

“Having the packing at the Tor Youth Shed is also important to advertise that facility.

“We can all work together to help and promote each other.”