The Aled Mission Area recently put together 30 Easter Hampers in conjunction with Home-Start Conwy. Home-Start is described as “a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.” Many families were already struggling to make ends meet, but this has escalated since the Covid 19 pandemic and been made so much worse.
We as the church need to be stepping out to help those in need, so it was decided to partner with Home-Start and create a number of Easter Hampers to bless the vulnerable families.
The Mission Area was awarded a £1000 grant from the St Asaph Diocese Covid Emergency Fund, and the church share also contributed £800 from all of our 17 Mission Area Churches. We also had some other very generous donations including Easter eggs, sunflower seeds, activity books, homemade Easter cards, recipe books and monetary donations.
After discussions with Sylvia from Home-start, the contents of the hampers were decided. Each hamper contained a real Easter Egg (a Fairtrade egg with the Easter story included), a Cadbury egg, a non-chocolate sweet bag, body shop toiletries, Easter cakes, Playdoh and a colouring pack, stay safe packs, seeds and a £35 voucher for Asda plus other little extras. Helen from St Cynbryd’s church in Llanddulas very kindly hand-made 30 Easter cards to go in the hampers and children from the Express Church group in Betws yn Rhos wrote Easter messages to the families. It was brilliant to have the whole Mission Area involved in the project and people were very kind with their time, money and ideas.
The hampers were received very well by the families and in some cases, they were speechless at the kindness shown by the church. If you know of any families that are in need, please do get in touch with Home-Start Conwy. There is a dedicated team of trained volunteers there that would be delighted to help.