The team at the South Pacific Division (SPD) office have been able to bring joy into the lives of children and their families this Christmas.
A “giving tree” at the Division office was inundated with gifts from SPD employees who wanted to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
The gifts, for both children and adults, were distributed on Sunday (December 15) at the annual Christmas party of The Way Community Church in Redfern, Sydney.
Adsafe case officer Jamie Lehn, who attended the celebration, said the gifts were gratefully received by all.
“There were lots of happy faces,” he said. “It has gone a long way to showing this disadvantaged community that they are loved.”
The gifts were handed out by highly regarded local Aboriginal elder, Uncle Max Eulo, who has been a huge supporter of The Way for many years. The event was supported by the Enmore Fijian Adventist Church who served food to the community and sang Christmas carols. Fox Valley Adventist Community Church also donated some of the gifts.
The Way is a ministry that has been supporting and sharing Jesus with the Aboriginal community in Redfern for many years, and is now also focusing on local public housing residents. Activities include a community cafe, held each week on Tuesday to Thursday mornings, and a community kitchen on Monday evenings.