It's that time of year again! Christmas is the best of times for most people but for those without family or a good community it's the worst day of the year.
This year we'll be putting on a banquet for people in our community who are struggling, we'll be giving away hampers, toys for kids and coldpress coffees. The cafe will be open to give away free coffee but this year we're making a focus on really connecting with people. We'll be making a point to spend some time with everyone we connect with. We'll be visiting disconnected members of our community in their homes. Having a conversation over a cup of icy cold coldpress... because it's probably gonna be a hot one.
More than that this year we're planning on visiting the hospital to visit the kids who aren't well enough to be home for Christmas. We'll be dropping off some toys to them too. We're exploring the option of visiting prison too and seeing what we could do there. Hospital & prison would have to be both the worst places to wake up in Christmas morning.
On Christmas Day 2012 I decided to open the cafe Christmas morning and give away free coffee. It wasn't meant to be anything big. I just thought it'd be good to connect with my crew who wanted a good coffee. A lady came in and as I was making her coffee she shared her story. Her new born was only a few days old and was critically ill. She hadn't slept in a while and had just gone home to have a shower and get some clean clothes. She stopped in for a coffee on the way back to the hospital. The tears started to flow as she shared the story. We gave her a hug, a coffee and a little bit of hope.
Last year we invited a homeless man from our community to come along to the banquet. He said no the first couple of times. I gently asked why... he started crying and said that he wanted to see his son. We got in contact with his sister and organised for her to come along and bring his son too. We had presents here for dad to give his son and they all shared in the banquet together.
Christmas Day is the biggest day of the year every year for Cup From Above. There's so much hurt that comes up that day. For the same reason there's so much opportunity and it's been a great way for us to help those struggling the most in our community.
Most importantly we'll have a Chaplain available for people to talk to, a shoulder to cry on and to refer them to other vital services.
All up we have budgeted a base cost of $8000 which we need to fundraise for. We would hugely appreciate any financial contribution. Thank you. :)
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Name: Cup Aspley Limited