Not long to go now to the big day. It’s day 19 of our Advent Calendar and today is the day we have our Toy Service. The service will take place at the United Reform Church in Halesworth at 10 am, where toys will be collected and given to underprivileged children.
It’s Christmas Eve and the last day of our Advent Calendar. For day 24 we will be donating £150 to Operation Smile.
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us,” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. Continue reading more on the Operation Smile website.
For day 23 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £250 to the mental health charity Young Minds.
From their website:- We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.
Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.
Day 22 of our Advent Calendar and we are revisiting a Rotary inspired project. The Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley launched the Fire Alert Project in 2013 as a result of local fire services coming under extreme financial pressures. As a result, fire prevention services, including the supply of smoke alarms, are having to be cut back. With the help of local Rotary Clubs we can now re-instate this service.
We will be donating £200 to this project to buy smoke alarms and help save the lives of vulnerable residents. These smoke alarms will be fitted by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.