Community Engagement: Hands of Hope Christmas Hamper Donations

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles Schulz

Come join us at Inala Community House during this season of giving!

On Tuesday 12th December 2017, Inala Community House Community Support Program was excited to receive generous Christmas hamper donations from Hands of Hope. We invited some of our most vulnerable Inala families from diverse backgrounds, facing their own life challenges such as poverty, unemployment, family problems, social isolation and more.

Our Inala Community House Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata, Hands of Hope Project Coordinator Jacyline Khor and our Inala families.

Christmas is a season of love, joy and giving. At Inala Community House, we always welcome public donations, volunteers and help of any form – to come meet, bond and make a real positive difference for our community people in need.

Today we would like to extend our biggest welcome and gratitude towards Hands of Hope and its church members – who so generously spent their precious time, effort and money donating these Christmas hampers or care packages to benefit some of our most vulnerable families in Inala. Your presents provide not just practical but emotional support to these families, showing that people still care even in their darkest times,” said our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.

Founded in 1998, Hands of Hope (http://www.handsofhope.org.au) is the community arm of Hope Church, based in Unidus Community Centre. The organisation aims to empower communities by offering hope and practical support. It mainly relies on volunteers, organises community events and collaborates with various non-profit and community organisations in need such as Inala Community House.

Hands of Hope runs its annual Christmas Hampers campaign called “Pack A Hamper With Love” across October and November. Long-life food, Christmas treats, toys and games – are some of the encouraged items that can go into the hamper. Donors also have the freedom to deliver the hamper personally to the family they have packed it for.

This is the first time that Hands of Hope is collaborating with Inala Community House. We were introduced by Inala Community House Family Intervention Service staff member Jess Liao who is also an active member of Hope Church. We are excited and look forward to more future collaborations with Inala Community House,” said Hands of Hope Project Coordinator Jacyline Khor.

We are overwhelmed to receive not just the hamper but the great thoughts and care that came with it. My family and I are going through difficult times and I thank Inala Community House Community Engagement team for promptly responding to our help request. Food items are especially useful to get us by. Today is a wonderful reminder that Christmas is a season of giving and truly feeling thankful for all that we have,” said one of our receiving families.

To us, these receiving families are chosen for being our strongest and most deserving families – and we hope that these hampers will make their Christmas a little more special this year,” said our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.

The event finished off with a delicious morning tea and sharing session for all.

If you would like to donate or require any assistance this Christmas, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Inala Community House team: 3372 1711 | info@ich.org.au | 38 Sittella Street, Inala QLD.