A bid to bring some Christmas joy to women suffering the drought has mobilised businesses, schools and individuals to send high-quality pamper packs to the driest parts of the state.
Hundreds of shoeboxes wrapped with pages from donors’ local newspapers will reach women in the worst-affected places including Tamworth, Walgett, Forbes and Armidale before Christmas Day.
President of Catholic Women’s League of the Archdiocese of Sydney Margaret Blomfield organised the Ladies of the Land NSW shoebox appeal. Less than a month of putting the word out through the network and on a Facebook page people had coordinated to volunteer to get the pamper packs together and taken to drop-off points so they could be distributed by the Country Women’s Association NSW.
CWL executive officer Chris McKirdy said the groundswell of support was inspiring to see.
The packs include donated items such as gift cards, chocolate, skin and hair products, jewellery, candles, magazines and even small bottles of wine or champagne.
“People living in the city want to do something to help their country cousins and while we can try to use less water ourselves, we can’t give them the water they need,” Ms McKirdy said.
“This will bring women something that makes them feel a bit special and each pack includes a card with artwork from a student in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese that lets them know our thoughts are with them.
“We were determined that everything in the packs be of high quality so that whoever receives them will want to use the gifts themselves or pass them on to others.
“It is charity in action.”