CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2019 REPORT

Countless acts of kindness characterise our parish, and this has been the case yet again over Christmas. It is incredible how people constantly respond with goodness and generosity to the needs of families, the homeless and the housebound. Many thanks to each of you who witness to the mercy and compassion of God in your many acts of kindness.

There are some photos below of the overwhelming number of donations of gifts and food which were used as follows:

A packed load of toys/gifts and food were taken to the St Francis Children’s Centre in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, London. This is part of the Catholic Children’s Society which was opened by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls in 2015 and they do a fantastic job! Education, advice, medical assistance and a holistic approach is adopted to help families in the poorest area of our country. The centre is a beacon of light and joy for these families.

Eight hampers went to people in Maidstone who are struggling to cope with being accommodated after many years on the streets.

Eleven families in the Maidstone area received Christmas hampers, clothes and gifts. Porchlight, a charity helping the homeless, was given a large donation on top of our regular assistance. A number of elderly and housebound parishioners received gifts. Maidstone Day Centre received food and gifts for the homeless, again in addition to regular donations.

Our parish was able to make a massive contribution of food and gifts to the Salvation Army for local families. From all the very happy and grateful recipients a massive thank you.

May you all be blessed with a happy 2020.

Donations to the St Francis Children’s Centre in Poplar

Preparation and sorting of food and hampers