On The First Day of Christmas My Wish Came True

ON the 1st day of Christmas, my wish came true for a hamper
Craig Clark and his team at christmasbox.org.au know what it is like to spread joy over the festive season.

For the past 12 years, they have been packing and delivering hampers across Auckland and now Melbourne for people who otherwise would have little fun or anything to look forward to.

This year Craig and over one hundred volunteers will gather in a church hall in North Melbourne to assemble 1,500 hampers which will be distributed across Melbourne. Fifty will be coming to McAuley House, and 15 will head to our 24/7 accessible, safe house and refuges.

“Packing day is one of the most exciting days of the year, it is fantastic fun,” Craig said.

Craig and his team have been working for the past eight months securing goodies for the hampers.

“We have the support of many supermarkets, La Manna, and other producers who are only too willing to help us fill hampers with a range of items,” Craig said.

This year a typical hamper will include pasta and sauce, noodles, jelly, balloons and sparklers, as well as popcorn, pancake mix and jellies.

“We have moved away from a hamper being just a treat box to one where the items can be used throughout the day,” Craig said.

Into each hamper will be tucked an invitation to Carols by Candlelight in North Melbourne for Christmas Eve.

“We are thrilled to be connecting with McAuley Community Services for Women and knowing that we will be spreading some extra cheer into the lives of women and children who are doing it tough.”

We say a big thank you to Craig and his team at www.christmasbox.org.au for making wishes come true for 65 women and children this year.