Making a Difference this Christmas
Each Christmas season, the Society of St Vincent de Paul across Auckland serve over countless families who are in desperate need. Each family recognise the struggle that comes from times of crisis, and so the Society seeks to provide immediate alleviation through food assistance. Through the ‘Feed a Family’ appeal, the journey of service has been deepened by providing greater sources of nutritional food. It has also allowed for service providers to more clearly identify other needs that are not being met. This brings forth a more informed and familial sense of assistance for families.
The Christmas ‘Feed a Family’ appeal is now active at St Patrick’s Cathedral parish, who have recently pledged their support so that families can experience the coming season with joy. The donations of this appeal will therefore ensure that families can enjoy festivities without worrying where their next meal might come from.
Learning Service Through Experience
As part of their annual social outreach day, the students of Baradene College spend the day visiting different organisations who are dedicated to working to improve the lives of others. Baradene students chose to visit the new centre today to learn more about the food bank which aids families in need, as well as how the youth programme supports local schools in their service projects. The preparation for the Christmas appeal has led to a surge of activity at the new Gundry St Vinnies Centre in Auckland. Therefore it was with the utmost gratitude that the students aided in the foodbank, packing foodboxes and also packing treat bags for children attending a Vinnies community event over the coming weekend.
The Christmas Appeal Begins!
Recently the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Auckland launched the annual Christmas ‘Feed a Family’ Appeal for those in need. This appeal is particularly for the families that we have journeyed alongside throughout the year. The team have already begun sorting and getting to work on the database of names which have been compiled.
Last year, the Vinnies centre was inundated with requests for food by families and individuals, from those living alone and/or in emergency housing facilities. We are hopeful that through the generous donations of the ‘Feed a Family’ appeal we will be better equipped to support those who seek our assistance. We give thanks for the generous donors and volunteers who are making this Christmas appeal happen.