Archive for January, 2012
Since its launch in October we have been able to bless many people with the gift of Food Parcels. In addition to the homeless benefiting from the food parcels, many of our local families and some further afield on benefits and low income have also been helped in this time of recession.
One granny who is bringing up her grandson has an income of £47.00 per week; this is for herself with an additional £20 for her grandson. This is to buy food, clothing, electricity, TV Licence and gas. I try to imagine getting by on this budget and I know that I couldn’t. This is where the food that is donated benefits this family and people in similar circumstances.
12 of our young people who have been attending the Music Club learning guitar, drums, bass and vocals, have put on a Showcase for the benefit of our day-time participants. This has given our young people the opportunity to give back something to their community. The adults who attended really enjoyed the young bands who played golden oldies and chart music. The dance floor was never empty and the roof was nearly lifted with the singing.
The lead up to Christmas was manic with 5 parties to organise and all the toys that had been donated distributed, ensuring that every child woke up to a gift on Christmas morning.
The first of the Parties was the Sunday Evening Fellowship with a full hall and a visit from Santa, good food and even better worship and fellowship. I do not know who enjoyed the games the best – the jury is still out – was it the adults or the children? We had the privilege of having a few guests from the travelling community with us.
Next group of parties organised was the Music Club, then on to the Youth Club and finally the Early Intervention. Fun was had by all with Santa making another guest appearance. There were many games organised involving syrup & cereal – you get the idea, and so did the young people. (See picture for details). In total 80 children and young people attended the parties and benefited from the kind donations.
What a pleasure and joy it was to see so many people benefit and enjoying the positive atmosphere and knowing the true meaning of Christmas. The greatest gift was Jesus’ death on the Cross. This reminded us that what you do to the least of these, we also do to Him.
All of this would not be possible if it weren’t for so many kind people supporting The Preshal people. I would like to thank each and every one of you for making so many people’s Christmas this year.
We were blessed with so many toys that reached so many families in Preshal and outwith; we have lost count of how many were given out to needy families who otherwise would have got into debt with loan sharks.
The grand finale of parties was the day-time participants. 88 adults received a 4 course meal with all the trimmings. Thanks to our wonderful team at Preshal, participants said that this is as good if not better than any meal in any restaurant. We had live music and the floor boards were getting big licks – good job we are in for getting a new building. Santa came for his final visit along with his bag of goodies ensuring that everyone had a gift along with a peck on the cheek. By this time the Preshal staff were well and truly partied out.