Donate your spare shoeboxes
September 26, 2017

Rosalyn Ramsay is asking families and visitors of Southhaven Aged Care in Padstow Heights to donate their spare shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The next time you go to throw out a shoebox consider instead donating it to help a child.

A volunteer from Southhaven Aged Care in Padstow Heights is asking families and visitors to drop off their spare shoeboxes at the Home as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Rosalyn Ramsay has been volunteering at Southhaven for nearly 10 years, and also spends her time putting together shoeboxes full of clothes, hygiene products, toys and other essentials to send to children in south-east asia.

Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world.

"I love the fact that the gospel message is going out to other countries, because even though you’re not allowed to put anything Christian in it, they give them the opportunity when they distribute them to attend a course, and it’s amazing how many have become Christians through that outreach," Rosalyn said.

She also volunteers at the warehouse where the boxes are put together and shipped off.

"The people have such a love of what they’re doing, they’ve really got a heart to be able to give, and it’s just such a wonderful attitude," she said.

The shoeboxes need to have a loose fitting lid and be no bigger than an A4 piece of paper.

People are also welcome to fill the shoeboxes with gifts, and even write a note to the child.

A list of suitable items can be found here.

Volunteering has been a big part of Rosalyn's life, and she loves to spend time with residents at Southhaven every week.

"I feel like I’ve been drawn to this place. I get probably more out of it than what they do," she said.

"I’ve always had an affinity to elderly people. My mother was similar, she always used to gravitate towards older people, and used to say to me, 'you’re going to be old yourself one day, so treat elderly people the way you would want to be treated yourself'."

To donate your shoeboxes please drop them off at Southhaven reception, at 11 Queensbury Rd, Padstow Heights.