The distribution of Christmas presents has become quite an undertaking, thanks to the generosity of Mearns Kirk folk and our friends at Orchardhill Parish Church. We received hundreds of wonderful presents, which were a job to sort and find homes for. The gifts were divided amongst the following organisations:
Glasgow Care Foundation
Quarriers Family Centre at Ruchazie, Glasgow
Women and Children First in Paisley
Family and Addiction Support Services
Glasgow and Falkirk Social Services
Each organisation is asked to identify the children they need presents for and we (the Outreach Group) try to match gifts to each child.
Some of you will have heard Joe read the reaction from a Mum who received gifts via Women and Children First. She was reduced to tears as it meant so much to her to have gifts to give her children at Christmas.
All the organisations have spoken of their gratitude and I think we can be sure that this effort is extremely worthwhile. Speaking personally, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with folks from Orchardhill on such a constructive activity.
The Outreach Group is looking at other ways we could help our organisations at different times throughout the year. For example, I know that the provision of school uniforms can be difficult for families and we are looking at how we could help with this.
Many thanks for all of you who helped.