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 KADRA-Gift-Boxesizbia 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 volunteeAnn-Williamsring 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]


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