How fortunate we have been to have several days of sunshine and good weather (sadly, by the time you might read this, we may have returned to winter weather!) One must embrace the moments of sunshine that punch through the grey, cold and wet weather, as symbols of hope that better things are to come! That analogy applies to life just as to the weather really! An opportunity or change in circumstances can bring about a season of hope and love … sometimes we just have to be aware and open to the signs that at times, abound!
I know that many of you are aware that we have a Community Care Pantry here at St Leonards … it is positioned adjacent to our Wellbeing Room and was set up to allow people to donate pantry and personal hygiene items for those within our community who might be doing it tough, possibly struggling (for whatever reason) to make ends meet. I think we all are aware that as the costs of living rise, it is often for some, the ability to provide the most basic needs such as food that are compromised. Imagine having to choose between paying bills and rent etc. and putting food on the table for your family … for many sadly, this is a daily or weekly challenge. Just this week a wonderfully generous parent of children at our school felt prompted to donate a large amount of food items to our community, for children who perhaps (through no fault of their own) have come to school without breakfast or lunch … she couldn’t bear the thought that children might not have their most basic need of food met! We are so grateful for the generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness of such like minded people within our school space … it’s just one of the reasons I am so very proud to be a part of St Leonards Primary School.
So if you feel prompted, if you have some spare non-perishable items or personal hygiene products, or if you feel you’d like to purchase an item or two with your weekly shopping to donate, please know that any such items will be gratefully received (and can be dropped off before, after or during school at any time … you can just place any such items in the shelving near our Wellbeing Room.
That said, you might be experiencing a challenging time at the moment, struggling to provide food etc. for your children/family … if you are, please be aware that the Community Care pantry is designed to help you during this time. You do not need permission to take anything you might be able to use, please just come and help yourself at anytime … absolutely no questions asked, ever.
If you are challenged and having trouble and would like to speak to either myself or Kathy Baker about your current situation, please don’t hesitate contacting us via phone or email or just drop in anytime during school hours for a cuppa and a chat. We have various agencies we can refer you to or offer advise on services that might be able to assist you during this time … all such conversations are confidential and we can promise you discretion regarding your situation at all times. Please don’t think you have to go through the trials and challenges of life on your own … sometimes to share with another, can make such a difference to how you approach and tackle problems … there is no room for guilt or shame and I can promise you there is not judgment whatsoever here within our Wellbeing space, only a desire to help and assist anyone who is troubled or feeling the pressure of surviving day to day. It takes more courage and bravery to speak out and admit that you’re struggling than to remain silent, paralysed by fear and shame. We are all doing this thing called ‘life’ together … we can all make a difference to one another, sharing love, care and compassion without judgement.
Please always remember to be kind to each other … we don’t know what another person might be going through.
Have a wonderful week as we approach the school holidays (haven’t they arrived quickly?!) Stay safe if you’re going away with your family over the holiday period … we look forward to seeing you all back at school again after the break! Remember, wherever possible (and it’s always possible!) ‘Sprinkle kindness around like confetti!’
Take care of yourself and those you love!
Karen Thorogood, Pastoral Care Worker