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CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
98. That’s how many of the below Christmas hampers were delivered to Street Doctor to help Perth families struggling over the Christmas period. But the volume is not correlated to the direct impact this has on each individual that receives a hamper. When times are tough, Christmas places additional pressure on these families to provide making them feel shame and embarrassment.
Many many thanks to those who contributed. Thanks for coming forward with kindness, generosity and compassion. Thanks for caring about people you don’t know, and for being so willing to bring some joy to the lives of others without any thought for direct gratitude or acknowledgement from them. Your altruism is special, always hold onto that.
Special shout out to Julie Lord, Samantha Mackenzie, Jasmine Long and Victoria Keep for helping collect and gift wrap. When trying to pull off something like this, strength in numbers is a very real thing.
I’d also like to offer my sincere thanks to Jason Davis and his team at Sell My Shares. He saw the collection details on the human.kind platform on my website whilst booking his company Christmas party through me and rallied up his people, who turned up to their Christmas picnic with 7 HUGE hampers they’d all put together. Jason, your ability to influence your team through your leadership says many things about you and you’ve clearly got some very compassionate, generous, heart driven people working for you. Many, many thanks.
Honourable mention to my parents, who dropped everything to help me deliver when I realised they wouldn’t all fit in the van. Within 20 mins of my call they were pulling into the warehouse to help me load up their cars. Having a daughter than can’t sit still means they never get to sit still either but they’ve got my back every time.
With 43,000 families seeking food refuge each month, I get overwhelmed that this has just scratched the surface and I have to manage my frustrations of wanting to do more. But then I remember that I can’t do everything, but I can do something, and that’s better than nothing. From this concept came my human.kind (be both) project, and there will be plenty more where this came from. Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already had.
Sincere thanks again, to those who donated, please know how much difference this makes to a recipient. You’ve done good.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
One of the charities I support through this project is Perth StreetDoctor, who care for the marginalised, transient & disadvantaged populations of Perth.
Christmas is a time that places a lot of shame and embarrassment on them, where the pressure of being unable to provide for their families reaches an all-time high.
As such rates of self-harm and suicide also increase.
With the aim to inject a small amount of hope and comfort into some of our WA families and hopefully release just a tiny amount of pressure on them, I am kicking off a collection for items to make as many Christmas Hampers as possible for these families, so they have food to make a meal to enjoy together on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at the very least, as well as a small surplus to see them through the weeks after.
All items must be non-perishable and all cans must be ring pull.
Some suggestions are;
Long Life Custard
Long life Milk
Canned Fish (Tuna, Salmon)
Dried herbs & spices
Fruit (canned or dried)
Instant Mashed Potato
Meals in a box
Chocolate Christmas stockings
Chocolate wafer sticks
Cash donations also welcome, as I have arranged with a butcher and a fruit & veg market to purchase gift vouchers, which the families can use to buy a meat pack and some fresh produce for Christmas Eve & Day. Please note that donations are not tax deductible. I am not a registered charity, I am just one person trying to make a difference to the lives of others.
Drop off locations are in Heathridge, Wanneroo, Wangara and Kensington. If you'd like to make a cash donation, please email me.
Collection closes 1 December.
Thank you for helping me to help others.