Christmas should be a time of great joy and celebration, a break from the norm to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to be with our families. Unfortunately, for many suffering with the Cost of Living Crisis, Christmas brings new levels of stress and uncertainty for families. Many families are unable to afford food and heating this year, let alone Christmas presents for their children.
At the beginning of this school year, the Sixth Form St Vincent de Paul team decided that this was an issue that they would like to address and that, ultimately they loved the idea of helping some of those children to receive gifts at Christmas. After some research the group discovered the charity ‘Cash For Kids’, which is a UK-based charity which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people affected by poverty, illness and neglect. Over the course of 2022, Cash for Kids raised £20.4 million and supported 489,409 children across the country.
Cash For Kids runs an event every year called ‘Mission Christmas’ where they ask for donations of items that can be gifted to families in need, so that their children will have presents to open on Christmas Day. Thoroughly inspired by the idea, the SVP team organised a donation collection inviting each Year Group in the School to bring in suitable gifts for a designated age group.
Farnborough Hill’s wonderful compassion and generosity shone through, and the SVP were blessed with many donations; enough to fully fill six huge boxes with gifts. This Monday, the Sixth Form were met by a group of warm, friendly volunteers who helped them to fill their van. It was an honour for the girls to help this cause, and they hope with warm hearts that their donations will help those children in need to have a wonderful Christmas.