Pleasant Hills CWA members were kept busy at the end of 2019 packaging and distributing pamper packs.
Everything was carted to St James' Church Hall in Lavington to be packaged.
There was a huge amount of goods there and we do thank everyone so much who contributed.
The response, both in money and items, was really wonderful.
The branch had previously checked out where the most need was, and where we were sending them to.
We originally planned on doing 50 or 100, but as time went on and the response mounted, that figure changed to 300, then 500, but such was the response that we ended up doing 675!
John and Connie Ross, of Henty, delivered packs to branches in the Gilgandra region on their way to Nyngan, where Brewarrina and Nymagee branches were collecting from.
Albury's Charlie and Bev Fellows delivered packs to Condobolin, and Jim Jacobsen delivered packs to Hay, Ivanhoe (with some going on to Menindee and Broken Hill) and Hillston on the way home.
We do thank these people for delivering these with their "personal touch", which was appreciated at the other end.
All the boxed packs, 30 large cartons, were kindly carted free of charge by Land's Transport from their Wagga depot, arriving at their destinations of Moree, Tamworth and Dubbo by November 29.
Four large cartons were also sent to Bathurst. An extra bonus was that all of the towns got a "mystery box" of leftovers which they could choose things from, and I've heard since that this caused a huge amount of excitement.
Our branch would really like to thank everyone who supported us in our venture - it was amazing the response we got and just shows how caring we all are for the people who are in more need than us.
It's really put Pleasant Hills on the map, with all the media coverage it received, and I've already received emails back from a couple of the recipients expressing their deep gratitude - they were really "blown away".
As well as the packs, all the extra money we received will be divided and sent to the same areas for use in their towns, as gift vouchers or whatever.