The centre of religion is to love God and to love your neighbour – ‘there is no greater commandment than these’.
The needs are great and we need to do more to play our part in making a difference.
Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.”
Karen Armstrong, Founder, International Charter for Compassion
Children living in poverty have a bundle of problems. One is income poverty, not having enough food to eat or clothes the wear. Another is marginalization, the social disadvantage of not being part of normal society that leads to loss of self-esteem and self-worth.
For children birthdays and Christmas add to this burden as the well-off kids display their wondrous toys that poor children can never have. They find themselves on the outside of society looking in.
Our program addresses social deprivation by giving kids the new toys so they can be normal like other kids.
It’s late in the day, too late to find help. You’re tired, hungry and scared. Tomorrow you can get help but you have to get through tonight. As a community working together we can provide a sanctuary; shelter and a meal for somebody in need 365 days a year.
Their new home may or may not be furnished, but it is certain there will be no brooms, mops, buckets or cleaning materials. Cleaning items cost a lot of money and these people don’t have much money, and there are no government funds to cover these costs.
We responded to this gap and gave 50 cleaning kits to UnitingCare Burnside Doorways. Each kit contained over $160 of essential items.