Generation COVID - Virtual Gift Box Appeal 2020
Did you know that according to The Children’s Society there are 4.2 million children and young people who live in poverty in the UK? This figure has escalated since the start of pandemic and with the Job Retention Scheme closing at the end of October, it is likely that this figure will once again increase.
When children are in poverty, it usually means that the families in which they live are on low or no-incomes, refugees and asylum seekers, people living in insecure housing, homeless, rough sleepers or have no recourse to public funds.
This year the ADRA-UK’s Virtual Gift Box Appeal will go towards assisting Generation COVID - children and young people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Over the course of the pandemic, we have been working with scores of urban community hubs in the United Kingdom and several of them are focusing specifically on the needs of children in this pandemic.
‘E5’ is working with over 400 volunteers and several civic society organisations to assist with clothes and toys, provide new school uniforms for children returning to school and support young families with essential items such as cots and nappies. Referrals and signposting have also made to the local specialised agencies. This hub is run by the Clapton SDA Church.
The Solid Start Breakfast Club, will run this programme in partnership with a local school providing breakfast for children whose parents have no recourse to public funds. This initiative complements the church’s existing ‘Bread of Life Food Pantry’ that caters for the needs of the local people at their Houndsfield Road Community Centre. This initiative is run by the Edmonton SDA Church.
As a church leader, we are asking you to promote this Appeal in your local church, in your in-person worship and virtual services and also in your newsletters and weekly bulletins. In many of the churches that I have ‘visited’ over the past six months, during the time for the offertory, little emphasis is given to ADRA Appeals as it is assumed that, as with tithes and offerings, members will simply contribute by going online and donating funds. We would urge you to make a formal request for donations each Sabbath during this Appeal.
Thank you for support disadvantaged families and the work of ADRA-UK.
Bert R Smit