SJC from a volunteers’ perspective
I am often surprised by the fact that although Canberra is a higher than average income state, St John’s Care still serves over 300 families in a month.
They range from a young person left without any support from family, friends or services, to a family struggling to pay power bills, purchase food or medicine.
The other side is the response when our grocery shelves were bare in mid-winter. A radio call went out. The next day we had a man bring in two boys with three bags of groceries. The boys had door-knocked their street asking who could assist.
Then two Coles trucks arrived with three separate online orders and a lady brought in three bags of groceries from her office. Even Parliament House sent a catering box of eggs.
While all these items are wonderful, we also have many home-grown vegetables and jams which regularly appear. We are always so thankful to all those who pop in and donate any homemade or home-grown items.
It is such a joy to be able to simply offer a “cuppa and bickie”, listen to a problem and offer practical support. Sometimes it is the littlest things that seem to bring comfort.
We keep a range of produce to allow for dietary and cultural requirements – gluten free, lactose free, Halal and so on.
For me, the point of the Good Samaritan story is what always comes to mind, when we offer help to all who are in need. This is my thanksgiving for the life that I have.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience. It gives you a chance to get involved with something you feel passionately about and use your skills to help others. St John’s Care offers hands-on opportunities for volunteers to work for the sake of others. Give Sarah a ring if you are interested.
Wish List: Christmas puddings, pouring custard and tinned fruit salad.