IN an incredible show of community spirit, several Caulfield families came together last month to hold a garage sale, with all proceeds directly benefiting local charity, C Care.
The group managed to raise an impressive $1200, which was used to purchase food products to be included in Pesach hampers then delivered to Jewish families in need.
Remarkably, it was the children of the families, aged between five and eight, who played a key role in the initiative. Aside from selling their pre-loved items, the youngsters held a lolly jar count and sold lolly bags, showing that age is no barrier when making a difference to the lives of others.
“The most important aspect is teaching them to help others who do not have what they have,” a spokesperson for the group told The AJN.
Shlomo Nathanson, director of C Care, told The AJN how “remarkable” it was to “see how a group of mums and children, armed with the determination to make a real difference … took it upon themselves to fundraise the finances needed to create beautiful Pesach hampers”.
The good deeds continued, when last week the children, or “angels”, as described by Nathanson, gathered at the C Care packing centre to pack the hampers together. Each hamper included matzah, fish, kneidelach and a special Pesach treat.
The group went one step further, “bringing the project full circle”, by personally delivering the hampers to C Care recipients, many of whom are “living in isolated conditions and doing it tough”, Nathanson added.
“This would not have been possible this year without their help and support. C Care is deeply grateful for this thoughtful and generous gesture.”
An involved parent recounted how “the children were all so eager and keen”.
“They loved working together to help people in need.”
C Care is a volunteer-driven organisation with services extending throughout metropolitan Melbourne. Their mission is to reach out to people experiencing personal difficulties which can lead to isolation, including those enduring physical disability, language barriers, mental illness, financial hardship, elderly age or lack of familial support.
To learn more about C Care, visit www.ccare.org.au or call 9636 3321.