SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) trainees are embracing the spirit of giving this Christmas and doing good for those in need.

Mt Druitt and Penrith trainees participated in volunteer work experience for Operation Christmas Child – a Samaritan’s Purse initiative where volunteers help to pack and sort gifts to send to children in need all over the world.

At the Kings Park processing centre, trainees participated in the induction and learned more about the background to Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child has packed over 10.5 million shoeboxes of essential items for those in need. The packages include items such as hygiene products, school supplies and toys. The packages are then shipped to over 100 countries worldwide.

In the spirit of giving, trainees were happy and humbled to take part and volunteer. They felt pride in participating in something that was making a difference in the lives of others.

Trainees were assigned different roles to assist in preparing gifts. Some put together the stationery kits for children’s education and others sealed boxes for to prepare them for shipping around the world.

As well as a form of work experience that they can include on their resumes, Operation Christmas Child offered trainees an extraordinary opportunity to give back. With their trainers, Tayla and Sharon, trainees discussed the value of contributing time and effort to help those in need, and how this can relate to work-life into the future.

Find out more about how Afford’s SLES program will help you learn more about the world we live in and making positive contributions.

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