Give the gift of happiness this Christmas
While Christmas celebrations are meant to represent the greatest good-news story ever told, the sad reality is that for many people Christmas becomes a time of stress, loneliness and sadness. This is particularly so for some children and their parents whose circumstances prevent them celebrating such a joyful time.
At St John’s Care we know very well how hard this time of year can be for so many. This is where you step in because your gifts and support are the things that help to make a difference to these people.
Take Adam and Emily for example. They are a young couple with three children living on the edge of poverty. They have little to make their lives joyful. Their six-year-old has a health condition which requires many medical appointments and scripts. This also impacts their small income.
Every day is hardship and there is the constant worry of how they will provide enough food, let alone pay outstanding bills.
Adam and Emily’s story, unfortunately, is not uncommon. He lost his job due to cut backs and Emily brings in a little through Parenting Payment. A letter in the mail, a phone call or a knock at the door creates stress because it might be another payment required.
Now Christmas is close and they would dearly love to be able to give their children a present each but the stress over what they can offer is completely overwhelming. They are doing all they can to get by, but need a helping hand this Christmas.
Although we can’t solve all their problems, we can help by offering them a Christmas hamper to enjoy on Christmas day and a visit to our present room for each of the children. They can also come and join us for Christmas lunch.
It is wonderful that we can make these offers but only because you are so generous.
I am asking you to continue your support for this Christmas by making a generous donation. There will be many parents like Adam and Emily who need our help and we want to be sure we can give it.
When you sit down to your Christmas dinner this year you can feel pleased that you have helped families also enjoy a good meal. One that they may have missed out on but for the care and love of those who support St John’s Care.
SJC Executive Officer
P.S. Not everyone looks forward to Christmas. Your wonderful donation can turn this around. Help us give the gift of happiness to families in Canberra by making a tax deductible online donation or by ringing St John's Care today with your credit card details on 02 6248 7771.
Present Room, hampers and Christmas Day Lunch
Please consider donating toys to our Christmas Present Room which is open from 4 to 14 December where parents can select a gift for their child or children. It’s basically a toy shop without a cash register!
We get a lot of toys for the younger age groups, but store gift cards are a great gift for teenagers (EB Games, Rebel Sport, JB Hi Fi, Target but no iTunes cards). We would prefer not to receive any stuffed toys. Please do not wrap your gifts. Last year St John’s Care gave around 500+ gifts to children and teenagers who otherwise would not have received a present for Christmas.
Please also consider donating items for our Christmas Hampers such as small tins of ham (not SPAM), longlife custard, small Christmas fruit cakes or puddings, mince pies, biscuits, lollies, chocolates, 1 Litre longlife juice, small tins of cherries, fruit salad, asparagus, etc. and tea and coffee. Last year we gave about 300 family hampers.
For those wanting to access the Christmas Present Room:
• A valid Centrelink, Pensioner Concession or Medicare Card detailing children’s names is required and must be brought on the day.
• No appointment is needed.
• Clients will only get a Christmas Hamper if they gain access to the Christmas Present Room. (Regular clients do not get a hamper, but we have some Christmas additions to a normal food parcel.)
Christmas Day Lunch, in the St John's Hall from Noon to 1.30 pm is a free lunch for anyone and everyone (just turn up!). It is a lunch to make sure that no one has to spend Christmas Day alone. If you are alone on Christmas Day, please come. If you know of a neighbour or a friend who may be alone, please tell them about the lunch.
Christmas fare will include ham, chicken and salad with custard and plum pudding to finish. Santa Claus will be there with lollies and presents for children. Bring your singing voices. Everyone is welcome.
Volunteers please contact us to put your name on the list to help on the day.