A PICNIC FOR THE KIDS
Christmas: A season of love and connectnedness. This was undoubtedly evident at the annual Christmas Vinnies picnic hosted by St Peter’s and Marist College. Together they hosted a lively day for over 60 children from foster homes. The day was filled with lots of painting, sports, play-doh and yes you guess right – Santa! The Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank the students and staff of St Peter’s College for hosting the annual Christmas Picnic for Kids. There has been a lot of feedback from the caregivers of the children, and all of it is positive. Both Junior and Senior students stepped up and did the Colleges proud, and many leadership qualities shone through.
TARGET EDUCATION STUDENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR STRUGGLING SCHOOLS.
Today the a fellow youthworker brought in around ten students from their alternative education programme to learn more about service and spend time volunteering. They spent time with Peter Charles Irving learning about his life on the streets, Vinnies work and the importance of service. These students spent the rest of the day sorting educational resources and household goods to send to partner schools Vinnies support. We are very grateful for these students and their teachers.
CHRISTMAS CARD KITS FOR LOVED ONES
It was awesome to have volunteers at the Centre today creating Christmas card prototypes and assembling numerous “ready to make card kits” for the team going into Prison tomorrow. These Christmas card making sessions have become a real hit with the residents of the local prison, who find these sessions fun, therapeutic and a real treat.
It is great for the guys to be able to make something special for their families who come in to visit. These cards will accompany the little treats that have been donated through the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.
KNOW YOUR CITY – BARADENE COLLEGE SOCIAL JUSTICE OUTREACH.
Baradene College students as part of their Social Justice Outreach Day spent the day visiting different organisations who are dedicated to working to improve the lives of others. It was lovely to have these Baradene students come through the centre today to learn about the different services Vinies provides eg: foodbank, advocacy, youth programmes etc.
The Vinnies team took the Baradene crew through a presentation of the different works of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and also got the students to help write out Christmas cards for the residents of the local prison. These cards will accompany around 1,000 little gifts that will be given to the Prison Chaplaincy to give out to all the men.
CHRISTMAS DISPATCH TO SERCO PRISON MT EDEN
Today some of the young adults got to deliver the first lot of gifts for some of the youth who reside in the Youth wing and also for the families of some of the men .
Each year hundreds of mothers and their children sadly spend Christmas without their partners, brothers and fathers. Often it is a very sad time for these families. Bernadette Pereira who is the Serco prison community Liaison was quite impacted by this and wanted to do something special for these families as they came in to visit their loved ones. She contacted the Society of St Vincent de Paul and asked if they could prepare gifts and food hampers for these children and moms. The Society agreed. Over the next few weeks the volunteers will continue to work on the list and drop off Christmas gifts and hampers.
It was lovely to meet up with Bernadette again today It has been great having the opportunity to go in each week to run workshops and also build relationships.
ST PETER’S AND MARIST COLLEGE DONATE FOR CHILDREN’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY.
Today the Tertiary Vinnies went shopping for Christmas gifts for the Vinnies Childrens Annual Christmas Party that will be hosted this weekend by a combined team of Vinnies and staff from St Peters & Marist College. Both these schools also was donated a sum of money to make this all possible. We are extremely grateful for your donations and efforts.
COOKING UP A STORM
Great to have some of our Kingsland Vinnies Centre volunteers assisting in our weekly cook up for the Auckland City Mission drop-in centre. Tonight’s meal consisted of a hearty casserole packed to the brim with mixed veges and sausage served on rice. The Mission’s services operate 7 days a week, 365 days a year offering practical assistance, advocacy and support to individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn. The Society of St Vincent de Paul would therefore like to thank all those who support the Society through the provision of food and monetary assistance, allowing clients of the Mission to have a decent meal each week.