It is sad that this is necessary in this day and age, but it is rewarding to be able to help out another mum who finds herself in a bad situation. The church is donating a small amount of food each week to a young mum in the village for a couple of weeks whilst her benefits get sorted out. Through no fault of her own, she has found herself in dire need, and we have been glad to be able to provide her with a small amount of fresh food and necessary items. This was last week's shopping for her.
We have also been able to direct her to a local food bank which is also helping her out for three weeks, but since their donation to her is largely tinned and dried foods, we are carrying on helping for another couple of weeks, providing fresh foods such as bread, ham and cheese, fruit, and dairy items, for example. The school is also helping by arranging a school lunch for the mum each day so that we know she and her child have a good meal once a day.
This week, the church's donation is going to include a few books, a colouring book and some new colouring pencils, and a warm hat and matching scarf, from my stash, for the child.
When all of the groups working together have one aim, we can do good things. Our aim is simple, and we want that child to have a happy childhood, just as all children deserve.
It is another Esther 4.14 moment - "for such a time as this" we are in this place and position and able to help.