Director Helen Lockwood: Thank you for your support
The holidays have come to a close and I trust that you are feeling refreshed after the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and welcoming in 2014.
Last year was a demanding but rewarding year and I want to thank you for your kind support throughout 2013. At LCC we work hard to ensure that our resources are used wisely to help as many people as possible and we are constantly looking for ways to ensure your donation has maximum effect.
Because of your generosity we were able to support many of the families struggling on low incomes. In 2013 your donations helped us to give over 1,000 Parcels+ for Lent to those in need of help at Easter, hundreds of warm bundles for children and those doing it tough in winter, as well as over 850 hampers at Christmas time. Last April we also welcomed a donation of 566 handmade quilts from the Lutheran Women of South Australia to distribute throughout our programs. The quilts were received with great joy and gratefulness by our Foster Carer families and the people who visited our services as the chill of winter crept in.
Because of your help, we were also able to help hundreds of people get back on their feet through our Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling programs. In the last financial year our staff helped over 1,600 people with emergency support at Blair Athol, the Barossa Valley and Alice Springs. These visits were from people like Julie who came to our Financial Counselling program for assistance. Julie was in severe financial difficulty. She had a newborn baby to look after, was unable to afford her car registration and had to rely on a friend to take her to purchase the small amount of household items she could afford on her Centrelink allowance. Julie lived well outside of town so having access to a vehicle was crucial. We were able to provide three months registration for her car as well as clothing and food from our Emergency Relief program. After a few visits, our Financial Counsellor was able to get Julie on the correct Centrelink benefit so that she could finally afford some of the things that many of us take for granted, like a fresh set of clothes for her growing baby.
Without your support we would not be able to lighten the load of people like Julie and the hundreds of other people who visit our programs each day. I pray that 2014 will bring you many blessings and I ask for your prayer for the staff and volunteers at LCC as we approach this new year.
To find out how you can support LCC look for their Lenten Appeal insert in the March issue of Together magazine or click here.