Letter to the Editor - December 24: A caring community
THANK you Coffs Advocate Adopt a Family, and all those who contributed to this project; Ray White Real Estate, Daybreak Rotary, Coffs Medical Centre, Quota, the bridge club, the parishioners of St Augustine's Catholic Church, the staff of both St Augustine's School and parish office, the numerous anonymous benefactors who turned up with gifts for those who are facing a tough Christmas and finally, a special thank you to St Augustine's Mini Vinnies, the future of Christian welfare within our community.
And why the thanks?
We have just completed distributing Christmas cheer to over 50 needy families in the Coffs community.
We know that statistics show that we live in a low socio-economic area. The support that we have received for our Christmas appeal from our fellow parishioners and hamper appeal from the general public shows that those in our community who have a few spare dollars at this time of the year are more than willing to help those who are in more challenging financial circumstances.
The Christmas parcels that we have been able to put together will mean that those families we invited to receive a hamper will be having a much happier Christmas than they thought they would. That help has come from the Coffs community. Because of your generosity very little of our own financial resources has had to be used to make it a happy Christmas for those 50 families.
That means when business resumes as usual in 2015 we have extra resources to continue our welfare assistance to those who are having a real struggle.
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