You’ve probably all heard the story of the girl who rescued starfish, only to be told there was no point doing this because of the sheer need all around: “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!” Her reply was, “Well, I made a difference to that one!” In effect, we can feel overwhelmed by the needs all around us and feel that whatever we do doesn’t make much of a difference. But I believe that every act of kindness makes a profound difference to the person receiving it, and that’s why we are so thrilled to be involved with Dearne Churches Together in giving out gift bags and food bags to local families in the school holidays.

Today, we gave out 86 bags to families with over 200 children, giving them crafts to do, puzzles to solve and all the ingredients they needed to make pancakes, the traditional food for Shrove Tuesday. Judging from the photos we received already, there’s been some good pancake making going on!

Each bag contained craft activities:

Thank you to all the churches who contributed to the bags, to all the church volunteers who packed the bags and distributed them and to all the families who came along to collect them! Don’t miss out on the next gift bag – to celebrate Easter, we’ll be giving these out on Wednesday 31st March, so book in now!