Roma packs 500 boxes for Operation Christmas Child

At the start of the year two passionate and optimistic locals, Kerry Culverhouse and Gisela Gunthorpe, set their hearts on packing 1000 boxes for the Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child project.

Throughout the year dedicated and kind people have spent their weekends hand making soaps, sewing hygiene products, cut and pasting cards and notebooks and hosting fundraising events to cover the cost of posting the shoeboxes filled with Christmas love.

During the year Gisela moved away but the vision was still alive in the heart of many and Jodie Beitz stepped up to help Kerry coordinate the project, and the ladies hosted the last packing day for Roma’s Operation Christmas Child  last weekend.

The top room of the Roma Cinema looked like a warehouse with boxes filled with teddies, pencils, books, clothes, books, toothbrushes, soap and toys.

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Kerry said “We have just received 60 boxes from Charleville towards our total which is overwhelming, and once we finish today I am confident we will have packed 500 boxes ready to send.

“This is approximately the same number of boxes we have sent from Roma the last couple of years and it is an amazing achievement”, she said.

If you would like to contribute to this great cause you can make a financial donation to help with postage, just visit,