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Gifts from abroad bring smiles to children

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, January 14, 2013

SEVERAL children of Vunika outside Labasa Town enjoyed an exciting Sunday afternoon after being blessed with gifts from an overseas donor ministry yesterday.

Thanks to the Operation Christmas Child Ministry, the children couldn't contain their smiles when they saw toys and stationery, to name a few things, in the boxes.

The gifts were provided by Good Samaritans from around the globe and funded by the Billy Graham Ministries.

Vanua Levu Christmas Child co-ordinator Pastor Wise Vusonitokalau said 8000 gift boxes were bound for less fortunate children in Macuata this year, of which they had distributed 7000.

"This is our fifth year of operation in the north and it's an inter-denominational and inter-racial effort funded by the Billy Graham Ministries," he said.

He said children of Cakaudrove and Bua would be targeted next year with a projected total of 10,000 boxes to be shipped over.

"If all goes well, we will also distribute gifts to the children in Bua." Mr Vusonitokalau said the initiative was a worthy cause to cheer up the children before the start of another school year.

"It might be a late Christmas cheer for these children but we know the gifts will bring joy to their hearts and help them in their school work," he said.