HEATHCOTE’S Helen Wallace is pretty keen on shoe boxes.
Every year she asks strangers to dig through their cupboards and recycling bins and provide her with as many empty boxes as they can find.
It might sound like a strange hobby, but Helen and the other generous volunteers at St John’s Anglican Church have good reason for their shoe box fixation.
They collect empty boxes and gift items every year to create Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children around the globe.
Helen said Heathcote and district always gave generously to make Christmas special for children who often go without a Christmas present.
People are welcome to decorate the boxes and can also donate a range of items including face washers, soap, toothbrushes, pencils, underwear and beanies, to fun items including cuddly toys and balls.
Apart from the obvious, such as explosives, drugs or alcohol, the drive does not accept some items such as lollies, food or toothpaste.
Anyone donating items for the shoe boxes is asked to label them according to their most suitable age and gender so they can be sorted to suit particular groups.
Donations should be made to Buddies Op Shop on Thursdays or Saturdays, or they can be delivered to Helen at 34 Playne St, Heathcote.
Anyone interested in learning more about the initiative is encouraged to attend an information session at St John’s Anglican Church on August 20 at 10am.
For more information, contact Helen on 0417 921 024.
Pamphlets regarding the initiative are available at Buddies Op Shop and boxes and goods must be delivered by the end of September.