Monday, 15 April 2013

Helping Hands for Families Project
   The Helping Hands for Families Project got away to a flying start on Monday 8 April when the St Joseph Vinnies set to work turning shoeboxes into cars for their non-perishable food drive. The aim of this project is to assist as many people as the Vinnies are able over the next 5 weeks in return for a non-perishable food item that they are able to put into their shoebox car. These cars will then be returned to school on Monday 13 May along with the Vinnies sheets of who the Vinnies helped. The food will be presented to the Loaves and Fishes Organisation to distribute to families in need in the community. Loaves and Fishes is a community organisation that provides meals for people who are struggling. It has also extended its work to assist families in need by starting up the Thursday Community offering meals, a homework programme for their children and other support.
    If we have an overwhelming response to this project, we are hoping to also be able to share the food items that come in with the Nelson St. Vincent de Paul Centre to also distribute.
   Below are a couple of the fantastic cars that were made at our session. A week on from starting this project, already a number of the Vinnies are reporting back that they are well underway with loading up their cars. Well done everyone and keep up the great work! 

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