Young people from Victory Praise Community Church in Pennybridge, Ballymena have once again excelled themselves in support of the ‘Leaving Care’ initiative.
Just before Christmas the ‘Reflector’ youth group launched an appeal for toiletries, tinned foods and other provisions to allow the preparation of hampers for young people who are transitioning to independent living after leaving care.
Thanks to the hard-work and generosity of the youth at VPC, 223 items were donated in addition to £233, which enabled the purchase of a further 82 products. All of this meant that 302 gifts were given to young care leavers.
These were delivered to the Leaving Care project on Christmas Eve by VPC Youth Leader, Chrissy Havelin, Samuel Johnston and Pastor Stephen Johnston.
As he congratulated each young ‘Reflector’ for their hard work, Stephen said: “A record number of items were donated to the Leaving Care appeal at Christmas.”
“While we acknowledge that all good things come from God, I want to commend our young people for organising the hampers we provided for the young care leavers. We hope that they will be a blessing to the recipients as they move on to the next stage of their lives,”
To find out more about Victory Praise Community Church, log on to: www.vpc.org.uk or their Facebook page.