Local Samaritan Heather Bedford knits Koalas for kids

Heather Bedford has put two knitting needles together over the last 12 months to create 75 hand made, cuddly koalas to be gifted overseas as Christmas presents to children who may have never received a Christmas present before – or may not even know what Christmas is. 

This year is Heather's third consecutive year creating the plush toys and each year her numbers are growing. 

“The plush koalas will go to those who are less fortunate and don’t receive gifts in second and third world countries. It’s simple yet reflects a bit of the culture of where we come from here in Australia” explains Heather.  

The koalas will be gifted with other goodies such as stationary, small toys, notepads and other goodies that the children wouldn’t normally have through Samartians campaign, “Operation Christmas Child”.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoe boxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoe box gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Local Samaritan Heather Bedford knits Koalas for kids.

Local Samaritan Heather Bedford knits Koalas for kids.

Operation Christmas Child involves filling a shoe box with Christmas gifts for less fortunate children in deprived countries.

Operation Christmas Child involves filling a shoe box with Christmas gifts for less fortunate children in deprived countries.