An epic effort of selfless goodwill

Tip of the iceberg: The donation's Laylah gathered filled a ute tray, the back seat and a four-wheel-drive. Picture: Baz Ruddick.
Tip of the iceberg: The donation's Laylah gathered filled a ute tray, the back seat and a four-wheel-drive. Picture: Baz Ruddick.

It started with a simple observation that she didn't need a toy and she should give it to someone who did.

Three weeks later, 70 boxes yielded by a ‘reverse advent’ campaign for the Salvation Army’s Doorways program perfectly illustrate what six-year-old Laylah meant. 

Laylah took to Facebook with the help of her nan Leanne Griffiths to promote their appeal.

“I did it to help people who don’t have food at Christmas time. Sharing is caring,” she said.

Met with resounding success, it snowballed from 10 boxes to 70.

The reverse advent concept works by adding an item to the box every day, rather than taking an item. 

Mrs Griffiths remarked how selfless her grand daughter was.

“When people have been dropping off the boxes some have been giving her gifts but she just puts them in the boxes,” she said.

Doorways Program facilitator Jo-Anne Deverell-Smith said Laylah’s effort represents “seventy more families”  on the Coast that can be helped.

“At about $30 to $50 a box it is big help to families,” she said.

Mrs Deverell-Smith said her contribution would help the organisation especially with those in need of “last minute” help.

“It [her effort] gives me hope to give others hope.”