• Jason Haines, SJC Programs Manager

We are gearing up for Christmas

St John’s Care provide a significant amount of support to people in the lead up to Christmas. We offer a range of programs to support those in Canberra who are doing it tough.

Our Present Room opens on Tuesday 4th December and runs until Friday 14th December. We are still in need of toys for older children and gift cards for teenagers. If you can help, your donations will be gratefully appreciated.

In the coming months, we will be putting together our Christmas Hampers. In previous years we have provided 300 hampers and this year we are hoping to provide more. A troop of Sea Scouts have kindly volunteered to pack the hampers and assist in preparation. This will take place on the Wednesday 28th November. We will need all Christmas donations on site by Monday 26th November.

Plans are well under way for our Christmas Day lunch which will run from 12 noon until 1.30pm. If you know someone who would like to participate as a volunteer, please encourage them to call the office. I am still taking names for volunteers for the day, but places are filling up fast.

SJC often meet with clients with very complex problems and it is always amazing when we see them change in front of our eyes.

Recently, I had a call from a young man, who we will call Roger. He was escaping domestic violence, had been homeless and was now living in a private rental unit. Roger had recently lost his job after going on leave for stress and anxiety.

When Roger came into the Centre he had not eaten for several days. His unit had no furniture, no cooking equipment and no food. The volunteers were able to provide him with immediate food, extra groceries, linen, crockery, cutlery and bedding.

He also needed assistance with a major bill and SJC was able to make a small contribution towards this.

Roger was overwhelmed with the kindness and was visibly transformed.

Roger came later that day and said he felt so much better after he had eaten and had some things in his unit. We referred him to St Vincent de Paul to help with household goods.

This is a wonderful example of how SJC use the money and in-kind goods which our generous supporters donate. Most clients don’t need all the services at once. However, Roger did and for him, receiving these items and the love that came with them was life-changing.

We thought we would give you some number to see what we did last month:

• 374 families came into the Centre

• 48 scripts were provided

• 36 transport tickets given

• 29 families given support with utility bills

Wish List: Christmas pudding, pouring custard and tinned fruit.

Kind Regards

Jason Haines

Programs Manager

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