Each year VMCH’s Mission Team coordinate a special project that brightens Christmas for more than 500 people doing it a bit tough.
Arts in Action is a collaborative project, and this year VMCH’s mission team aims create about 550 hampers filled with festive treats that will be distributed to VMCH customers who benefit enormously from some Christmas cheer.
It all started when an aged care resident, Norma, told her Pastoral Care Worker, Liz Winston, of a deep and unfulfilled wish to give back to others.
That was back in 2015 and since then thousands of hampers have been distributed to people in need over Christmas.
“When we first started, we had one lady who hadn’t had a gift for 20 years. She said this is for me, she was stunned that she was actually getting something,” Liz recalled.
“She gets something every year now.”
The hampers are packed and delivered by VMCH staff members. Months before this, residents at VMCH’s aged care residences and disability services create thousands of items including decorations, soaps, notepads and pens. The process is popular amongst those who benefit from social connections, a sense of purpose through giving to others, hand dexterity, joint movement and mental stimulation.
Can you help?
The VMCH Mission Team is once again calling on support and donations from VMCH’s generous staff and volunteers.
The team will be setting up donation baskets in lunchrooms across VMCH sites from November. They would love staff donations of festive savoury snacks. Things like packets of Pringles, potato chips, pretzels, Shapes biscuits, etc would be welcome additions to the hampers.
Staff can also save the date on December 3 when the packing of the hampers begins.
Stay tuned for more information.