GREATER GIFTS: Emmy Cooper sells earrings, pot mats and prints to raise money to support Compassion children in the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
GREATER GIFTS: Emmy Cooper sells earrings, pot mats and prints to raise money to support Compassion children in the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

Changing kids’ lives, one pair of earrings at a time

EMMY Cooper's passion for making earrings and helping others is changing lives.

"I find joy in doing something for people who can't pay you back," Mrs Cooper said.

Since June 2018, the Kingaroy woman's organisation Greater Gifts has raised the $10,000 needed to establish a Compassion Centre in the Philippines which will support 100 children.

"I knew it would make such a huge difference in so many kids' lives and the community's as well," she said.

"We were pretty excited and now our goal is to raise money to sponsor children at the centre."

The centre will open on January 1, 2020, in a village called Gango, where 70 per cent of people are unemployed.

WORLD OF SUPPORT: Emmy and David Cooper's charity Greater Gifts has raised enough money to build a Compassion Centre in Gango, the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
WORLD OF SUPPORT: Emmy and David Cooper's charity Greater Gifts has raised enough money to build a Compassion Centre in Gango, the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

The money was raised from the sale of gifts crafted by Mrs Cooper and her husband David.

"My greatest motivator in doing this is God's love and grace to us and I want to display that to others," Mrs Cooper said.

The centre will give children access to health care, hygiene training, skills training and supplementary meals.

"It will encourage the kids to go to school and has a Christian discipleship program for each child sponsored," Mrs Cooper said.

The mission to raise money to establish the centre began two years ago when a friend taught Mrs Cooper how to make earrings.

"I loved it, I made heaps," she said.

CRAFTY GIFTS: Emmy and David Cooper make earrings to sell to support Compassion children overseas. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
CRAFTY GIFTS: Emmy and David Cooper make earrings to sell to support Compassion children overseas. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

When her husband David told her she did not need that many earrings herself, she started to sell them and Greater Gifts was formed in 2017.

"I don't need the money, there are so many people worse off," Mrs Cooper said.

After growing up sponsoring children through Compassion Australia, it was an easy decision for Mrs Cooper to donate her earring earnings to the organisation.

Mrs Cooper works more than seven hours a week on her Greater Gifts products in between her full-time work.

She makes earrings, personalised hotpot mats, hand-drawn prints, keyrings and scrunchies.

"It's about spending your time wisely and helping others out," Mrs Cooper said.

HELPING OTHERS: Emmy Cooper's charity Greater Gifts sells crafty goods to build a Compassion Centre in Gango, the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
HELPING OTHERS: Emmy Cooper's charity Greater Gifts sells crafty goods to build a Compassion Centre in Gango, the Philippines. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

To date, Greater Gifts has raised more than $13,000.

The Coopers have held Greater Gifts stalls at the Nanango Country Markets, BaconFest markets, and products can be bought online at greatergifts.org.

GREATER GIFTS: Emmy and David Cooper make earrings to sell with Greater Gifts to support Compassion children overseas. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
GREATER GIFTS: Emmy and David Cooper make earrings to sell with Greater Gifts to support Compassion children overseas. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)