A project that began with a request to Pleasant Hills CWA president/secretary Lyn Jacobsen back in September is bringing a message of love, hope, encouragement and some good old Aussie Christmas cheer to women in drought-ravaged areas.
The initial request was to supply 32 packs containing items like toiletries, cosmetics, a few necessities and a little luxury or two to show some women "doing it tough" in the drought-ravaged areas of Nyngan and Tottenham.
The packs were duly delivered, but that was only the beginning!
Lyn decided that perhaps, 500 CWA Christmas pamper packs could be assembled for other women in the same situation.
This challenge triggered an enormous response which took off across the border region between Wagga Wagga and Albury.
CWA branches in Riverina, Murray groups, Lions clubs, church groups, several businesses and the general public contributed in so many ways to help the women in the communities and on farms impacted by the drought.
Students from Thurgoona Public School decorated the brown paper carry bags in their own, unique way.
In Albury last week, between 40 and 50 workers turned up. Some were sorting the astonishing array of items, others filling the bags prior to them being packed into cartons for delivery.
Incredibly, 675 packs have now been assembled and most have already made their way by truck and private car for distribution to Tamworth, Moree, Nyngan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Condobolin, Ivanhoe, Hay, Broken Hill and many places in between.
Those wonderful, big-hearted people who have contributed in some way to the success of the project have ensured that there will be a little bit of happiness at Christmas time for a number of women living in drought-stricken areas.
The Lions Club members of Henty were involved in creating and placing of Henty's red Christmas bows.