Sue Ormerod, our volunteer manager in Tees Valley, overloaded with donations of winter coats for kids.
It was a delight to see so many of our volunteers and families at the Isaiah Project distribution day recently. This is a project run by two ladies from Middlesbrough Community Church, one of our partner churches, both of whom are also Safe Families volunteers. They wanted to do something to help Teesside families in practical ways and came up with the idea of providing brand new winter coats for kids, all donated anonymously by people wanting to make a difference.
Many of the children that Safe Families is involved with benefitted from this wonderful initiative. On the distribution day our volunteers attended along with the families and children they support, in order to help them choose their new coats. There was an exciting buzz about the day as volunteers and families chatted to each other and some new friendships were forged.
One of the highlights for me was seeing a small boy running up to a Safe Families volunteer who had supported his family in the past, the little boy literally jumped up into the volunteer’s arms for a cuddle. Another single mum we support discovered that one of the ladies helping on the day was an old friend, and they exchanged mobile numbers with a view to meeting up for a coffee.
The organisers of the coat distribution chose the name ‘Isaiah Project’ because of the line in the Old Testament that says:
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17