Last night I had to make an emergency doll. Luckily I had a head made and a body sewn so it was just a matter of stuffing the doll, stitching her together and then finishing her off with face and hair and clothes. A late night and an early morning later and she was ready to go to school with Louis. No Louis is not regressing with the strain of year 12 studies. The school is collecting gift items to fill shoe boxes to support Operation Christmas Child.
On Sunday I made and filled a marbles bag to send along as he thought they were filling a box for a 10 - 14 year old boy. He mentioned the doll to the supervising teacher and she thought they would do another box for a girl.
It is such a wonderful scheme that I'm sure brings a little happiness to many children whose lives have been affected by war, poverty, famine or natural disasters. Australian boxes go to the south east Asian region. Louis said their school's gifts are going to Vietnam.
The list of gift ideas is a good guide for our own children's Christmas presents:
Something to love:
teddy bear, doll soft toy, etc.
Something to play with:
tennis ball, trucks and cars, finger puppet, jigsaw,yo-yo, building blocks, mouth organ, skipping rope, marbles, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, etc.
Something to write or draw with:
coloured pencils, crayons, pens, pencils, chalk, pencil case, colouring book, note pad, stickers, puzzle book, activity book, etc.
Something for personal hygiene:
toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, scrunchies, soap, face washer, etc.
Something to chew or eat:
Something to wear:
t-shirt, underwear, beanie, sandals, etc.
The gifts are for children from new born to age 14 . I believe it is not too late to make up a box of your own to send and there are drop off places all over the country. Go to their website and read all about their work. It seems to be a very hard working and worthwhile organisation.
It really is a gift that gives twice or more because Louis really seems to have enjoyed finding and organising things to go in the boxes, I certainly enjoyed making this dear little doll and hopefully the children who receive them will enjoy playing with and using and eating and wearing the treasures in their shoe box.