HACKNEY’S ADRA GIFT BOX APPEAL
26th October 2017
A small group of volunteers sacrificed their time to
make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
Members from the Hackney Seventh-day Adventist church came together with basic
resources and products which would benefit the lives of those in the Kizbia
Refugee Camp based in Rwanda. While younger members spent time creatively
decorating the gift boxes, the senior members would carefully pack the boxes
with the items which had been donated to hopefully make a real difference in
the lives of those who need them.
For Hackney member, Petra Prince, the whole process
was a humbling experience, "throughout the year it is so easy to become so
focused on our own families and issues that we forget that there are others
around the world who are suffering, often through no fault of their own. It's occasions
like these which remind us of how truly blessed we are to make a difference in
the lives of others", said Petra.
For those who think it's too much to give, Petra had
this to say: "The families in the Kizbia Refugee Camp in Rwanda very
rarely have an opportunity to leave their compounds, so to send something as
simple as a pen, pencil and paper or a pair of gloves and a hat, which does not
cost much at all, does go some way in making a difference in the lives of those
less fortunate than ourselves."
Also volunteering her time alongside the young people
was Ann Williams, who thought of the delight of the children who would be receiving
the gift boxes, "It was a pleasure to pack the boxes and be working
alongside the young people", said the 87-year-old. She added, "The
thought of knowing how much joy these gift boxes bring to the children who
receive them is priceless and brings great warmth to my heart."
Besides the decorating and packing of the boxes, Petra
noticed that there was a real sense of camaraderie amongst the team of
volunteers. She said: "It was really heart-warming to see younger and
older members of the church working together, it's always a memorable
experience when two generations come together as one."
[Darell J Philip]