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Joy of sharing

November 24 - November 30, 2021
Gulf Weekly Joy of sharing
Gulf Weekly Joy of sharing
Gulf Weekly Joy of sharing
Gulf Weekly Joy of sharing

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Big-hearted individuals across the kingdom are spreading merry cheer this season as they rally to donate toys to the less fortunate.

The initiative is part of the annual ‘Operation Christmas Child Bahrain’.

The donation drive, run by a group of volunteers working under the umbrella of ‘A Box of Goodness’, aims to provide joy for children aged between two and 10.

“New and used toys are collected to be shared with less fortunate children of all faiths and nationalities in Bahrain,” said Sri Lankan-Malay Miranthi Dole better known as Miro, the founder of the initiative. “The toys will be shared during the holiday season to spread happiness and cheer.”

‘A box of Goodness’ was launched on Instagram in October 2016 as a simple exercise to create the habit of giving. The caring concept rapidly grew into a following, boasting kind-hearted individuals giving whatever they can to the less fortunate.

The project, which has been conducted for the past three years, is spearheaded by Kelly Kirkpatrick and her two daughters Katie and Isabella.

“We always love to see children smile – so this project along with the Gergaoun Toy Collection is a much anticipated event in our calendar,” added Miranthi, the head of business development and marketing at a real estate company.

The toys can be dropped off at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club in Saar, the British Dental Centre in Saar, both St Christopher’s School campuses, the Westin & Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain in Seef, and the British Club in Adliya. Collections will be accepted until December 20.

“Please spread the word and encourage your family and friends to open up their hearts and donate new toys for less fortunate little boys and girls in our community,” added Miranthi.

Meanwhile, every winter, they collect clothing and linen to be donated as well.

For details, follow

@aboxofgoodness on Instagram or contact Kelly on 39303580.

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