Parishioners donate to bring smiles to elderly in need

UPDATE: A previous version of this article said that the Christmas in July charity drive organised by the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish in Cambridge had asked for public donations. This is incorrect and all donations came from the parishioners. We apologise for the mistake.

Organisers from the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish in Cambridge have shown true community spirit by organising a Christmas in July charity drive last month.

One of the beneficiaries of the drive was DJ Sobey Old Age Home Picture: SUPPLIED

“Our parish has had an annual project, Christmas in July, for several years now to assist those less fortunate than ourselves in retirement homes,” said parish member Sharron Reynolds.

“This is how it works: a small committee comprising of parish priest Father Varghese Kannanaickal cmi, Sister Aloysia and several helpers contact the institutions. This is to establish how many men and lady residents they have so that we know how many gift parcels to make.

“We then invite our parishioners to contribute items of toiletries, socks, beanies or if they prefer monetary items.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown restrictions, the parish was unable to deliver the donations to residents in person this year and instead handed them over to representatives.

Members of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Parish hand over donations to the Wellness Centre
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For this year, the beneficiaries were DJ Sobey Old Age Home and The Wellness Centre.

While July is long gone, Reynolds said they were still reaching out to retirement homes to assist with donations for residents.

Any home that would like to meet with Father Varghese or Sister Aloyisia can call 043-726-1212 or 072-281-5333 or 076-065-8938.

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