Susan from Sunshine Supported Accommodation has been with Afford since 1985 and every year, her selfless nature inspires those around her. For the past 23 years, Susan has been donating to the annual Operation Christmas Child appeal hosted by Samaritan’s Purse. This year, Susan wanted to add a personal touch to her donation so she handcrafted 60 bags and filled each one with thoughtful gifts.

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Operation Christmas Child encourages participants to collect toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts then package them in a shoebox to be delivered to vulnerable children overseas.

“Susie’s mother was involved in the Operation Christmas Child appeal so she wanted to carry on the tradition. Throughout the year, Susie will pick up bargains to add to her shoeboxes and this year, she decided to sew some bags to include as well,” said Lifestyle Assistant, Joanna Schilling.

Sewing is one of Susan’s favourite activities so she decided to use her skills to add a personal touch to her shoebox gifts.

“She is so creative and we have been sewing together for two years in January. By the time she had made a few bags, Susie was able to independently remember the order of operations and create some bags completely by herself, which was amazing,” continued Joanna.

Susan has also created cushion covers, COVID-19 face masks and even curtains on a much smaller scale. This project with a tight deadline has been an excellent opportunity for Susan to push herself out of her comfort zone.

“This experience has made Susie so confident in her talents and she now knows she can produce something on her own. Susie has learnt so much and has loved taking on the challenge,” said Joanna.

The shoeboxes with their bags of gifts are now on their way to make a child’s Christmas shine that little bit brighter. Susan is looking forward to continuing her weekly sewing lessons and setting her sights on some new projects for 2022.

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