I lost control of a vehicle on an icy road coming home from a thanksgiving weekend at my brother’s family’s house. read more →
Before Christmas last year (2015), our family was in crisis after I lost my job a few months before. We could hardly afford to eat, so I posted on a community noticeboard simply asking where I could get food vouchers. We were inundated with offers of help, donations of food and some vouchers by the community. A couple of people even brought my kids Christmas presents. It was overwhelming and touched my heart like nothing has before, to know that people care so much. read more →
A long time ago, back in high school, when it was Christmas time, my best friend at the time called me one day crying because they had no money for presents. Their electricity, gas and phone were always being shut off. She had two younger brothers and her mom (a single mom) had been crying because there was nothing for under the tree. read more →
As the founder of Ripple Kindness Project, I’m keen to be actively involved in caring for my local community, so I’m a member of several committees designed to help improve lives or offer support to people who are struggling financially or emotionally. I’m also part of the “chaplaincy” or student well-being committee at my boy’s primary school (though they are both now in secondary) which has given me great insights into the daily struggles some families face.
Though Ripple has helped some school families at Christmas in the past, this year, I decided to put the word out to the community to widen the ripple and make it a much happier time for as many as possible.
The aim was to support the school Chaplain by providing gifts for his most vulnerable families and also help some friends who work with people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of ending up on the street by providing backpacks filled with essentials and Christmas treats. read more →