The team at award-winning property group Realmark have dug deep to spread some festive cheer to disadvantaged children with a record donation to Operation Christmas Child.
A project of Samaritan’s Purse Australasia, Operation Christmas Child aims to bring joy to children in need through the donation of a simple shoebox filled with gifts.
In 2013, Realmark staff contributed a record 455 shoeboxes, far eclipsing its original target of 250. More than 30 Realmark staff also pitched in to help wrap and prepare the gifts for delivery at the Samaritan’s Purse warehouse in Balcatta.
Realmark executive director Anita Percudani praised the generosity of the group’s staff and clients who contributed.
“Knowing that you’re helping bring a smile to a child’s face is incredibly rewarding and I’m especially proud of everyone who got behind this wonderful project,” Mrs Percudani said.
“We’ve been involved with Operation Christmas Child for four years, but it’s still really humbling to see how many staff and clients want to contribute.“
Mrs Percudani said many staff and clients felt a personal connection to the children who would receive their gifts.
“Sending gifts like this is very different to sending a financial donation,” she said.
“Operation Christmas Child really gives people a personal connection with the children and I think that’s why so many people decided to lend their support.
“We’re also contributing to the spirit of Christmas by giving disadvantaged children the same sense of excitement and joy that most children in Australia feel when opening their presents.”
Operation Christmas Child is part of Realmark’s Community Connect initiative which underpins the group’s philosophy of giving something back to the local and wider community. Realmark also supports the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Mothers’ Day Classic, Movember and other non-for-profit organisations.
Globally, Operation Christmas Child has sent more than 100 million shoeboxes to kids in need in more than 130 countries since 1993.