Operation Christmas Child providing for those in need

As the season of giving draws closer, numerous charities are popping up to promote the altruistic spirit.

Operation Christmas Child is an international project run by the Samaritan's Purse organisation.

Churches in Australia partner with churches in developing countries to reach out to children in need by providing gift-filled shoeboxes.

Donators are asked to grab a shoebox, choose a boy or girl, and fill the box with simple gifts.

These include 'something to wear, something to play with, something to love, something for personal hygiene, something for school, and something special'.

The Fleurieu Family Church in Port Elliot is the official shoebox drop-off point for the Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Fleurieu Family Church has been participating in the shoebox initiative for over 10 years, and alone it has already accumulated 116 boxes - triple what it collected last year.

Church leaders are encouraging anyone and everyone from inside or outside the church to donate to the project.

Key organiser Pamela Hope said it was a great opportunity to give back at Christmas.

In 2018 churches across the region donated 911 boxes, so this year churches are pushing to reach over 1000.

For those wanting to donate, the cut-off date is Monday, October 14.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.au