Family Support Work

CHRISTMAS GIFTS & FOOD FOR FAMILY SUPPORT WORK

Christmas is not far away and we know that many of you will be wondering about our plans for collection and delivery of hampers and toys to our families. As usual we will be distributing toys and food hampers (including fresh turkeys) to our families as we normally do on the last working day before the Christmas break.
Our main needs prior to Christmas are for Christmas-specific food items (such as sharing boxes of chocolates or biscuits; family packs of crisps or snacks; Christmas puddings; stuffing; gravy; cranberry and bread sauce). We would also welcome donations of gift vouchers that can be given to older children, please place in an envelope clearly marked GIFT VOUCHERS, new toys for children aged 5 and over (but please no soft toys this year) or financial donations that can be directed at supporting the families most in need over the Christmas period.

At the moment All Saints Church is only open for prayer on Mondays and Fridays. You can still leave your donation there in the FSW box or alternatively with Sarah Mackenzie 67 Geers Wood, Heathfield telephone 866419 or Carollyn Stanbridge 15 The High Street Heathfield (opposite the Heathfield Post Office) telephone 866750, or Christo Corfield at Larkrise, Waldron telephone 812654 . Please ring one of us to arrange collection if that is easier for you.

NOVEMBER 18TH IS THE NEXT COLLECTION OF OUR FOOD DONATIONS

OUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS WILL BE COLLECTED WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 7TH.

 

THANK YOU. YOU ARE REALLY HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Update 21 October 2020

What a bumper harvest we have had; such huge generosity from our churches and Cross in Hand Primary school who had a ‘Harvest Tins for Tuesday collection’.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
In particular we had asked for tinned goods – meats, fruit and vegetables. These, together with milk, squash, tea. coffee, cereals, pasta, rice, and biscuits, loo rolls, cleaning materials and toiletries will ensure that our families in need of support will not go hungry.

Other churches and schools who are in our deanery bring their offerings to Heathfield as we are the collection point for moving the food directly onto FSW.

Today Carollyn and I loaded the FSW van.  A mammoth task , 12 large supermarket trays, upwards of 60 carrier bags of tins- some large bags for life some ordinary sized bags: An enormous cardboard box of cereals and cardboard boxes of assorted jars and packets, nappies and baby milk. All of this will find a good home very quickly as the latest account of FSW’s work in numbers for September is:

  • 242 socially distanced visits and 134 phone calls supporting 49 grandparents, 318 parents and 305 children
  • 28 supported meetings with other agencies
  • 16 online group sessions
  • 265 food deliveries made

A quote from one of our families: “The service is truly remarkable and no amount of words can thank you enough for the support you have provided us with
It’s a good feeling to know that with everyone’s help we are making a REAL difference.
THANK YOU from Carollyn Stanbridge and Sarah Mackenzie.

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