Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

Family's Last Christmas

3rd January 2017

A 35 year old father of 5 is facing his last Christmas with his young family after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is self employed and the sole bread winner. The generous donation of £100 for this request was received within hours of being posted.
Five very nice toys were bought for the children and a family game for all to share. All gift wrapped by the Advocate.
Being in a very dark place at the moment the man and his wife were overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers at Christmas. It will help them to make a celebration for the children on this bitter sweet occasion. Heartfelt thanks to the donor.

Family's Last Christmas

Fresh start

28th December 2016

For a new Mum who had been brought up in care and now with no family support the gift of new carpet for her new flat just before Christmas was mind blowing. She was so excited and relieved that someone out there cared about her and her baby and enabled her to do the right thing and make a new start.

In time miracle!

26th December 2016

Without this service of helps, I might not make it through this Christmas. Thank you so much for bailing my family out of the sticky situation where were in.

Now we can have something decent to eat, at least, for some weeks. And we can plan new arriving baby's essentials.

Travel

22nd December 2016

The money will help with cost of travel for the Dad to go for cancer treatment at Southampton Hospital.
The family are so grateful for the money as the situation was putting further pressure on the family finances due to the Dad not being able to work. We pray that the treatment is successful and their finances will soon be sorted.

Thanks!

19th December 2016

I would like to pass on our gratitude to everyone who helped us be able to get our car repaired. It is just in perfect time! Now I can get to appointments and life will be so much easier.
Wishing you all and amazing Christmas and a fantastic 2017

WOW

15th December 2016

This lady is amazed that this grant has been provided so quickly - the same day as the request was posted. She is able to get her teenage son some presents to open on Christmas day which will make both their christmas special.

Apprenticeship

12th December 2016

Cornwall Wheels to Work would like to say thank you for the support you and Acts 435 have given Jake towards getting to his employment place.
With out your help, he would not have been able to continue with his apprenticeship.
Wishing you and every one who helped Jake a very Happy Christmas.

An inspirational solution

8th December 2016

These grandparents are determined to look after their grandson and give him a settled loving home despite the lack of space in their home. They came up with a solution and with help from the Buffalos branch who bought him a garden room, and Acts435 who have furnished it and provided power and heat have given the lad his own secure space.

thanks for new clothes!

6th December 2016

Applicants were amazed that someone would be kind enough to contribute towards some new clothes for them. They are very, very grateful and say thank you.

New Boots

26th November 2016

Aisha has come to this country from sunny Nigeria. She is learning English quickly but has other difficulties. She is asthmatic and thus the cold affects her quite badly physically as well as being strange. Her mother managed to find a second hand pair of boots that didn't really fit and were very worn inside. This made her feet sore and as they also had cracked soles her feet got wet in any case. She showed me the state of her boots with a sad face as she endeavoured to communicate her need. Without a wider family and village friends around it is hard for asylum seekers to feel supported. They can feel isolated and disorientated.

But thanks to her donors she now has a new pair of proper boots which are comfortable and warm. Her little face lit up with delight when I explained to her and her mother that she would be able to have new boots. And proper boots not just cheap ones that easily become stiff and uncomfortable.

The donation meant so much to all three members of her family. It is more than money. It means someone they don't know cares enough about their situation to help them out. It brings a feeling of warmth and acceptance which is very hard to hold on to when you are living in a strange land, attending a strange school and learning a strange language. Thank you.

Being Ordinary

21st November 2016

When I started volunteering with DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers in Huddersfield) I was unsure what I could offer seeing I had no ESOL skills. When I was asked to work with Acts 435 for Dash I was thrilled to be of use, but especially when I understood how the organisation works. The idea that folks with nothing could have specific needs met by others whom they had never met, seemed a wonderful but simple way of bringing people together.

For the Dash folks it is really an unlooked-for Godsend. I have two stories.

When I first met Zanab, an elderly Somali woman with no family locally, she was living in a small room. I was asked to sit with her and help her when she was moved across town to a completely new area. She was so grateful for my presence. I found her to be a warm, friendly woman with humour, always saying thank you for everything she received. When I became an advocate, I immediately thought of her. She had no winter coat and walks for miles around a cold Yorkshire town. I explained that unknown people may be willing to give her money to buy a winter coat. She found it hard to believe, saying Thank you! Thank you! I then explained that it might not happen but she nevertheless carried on saying thank you. I was amazed how quickly people gave the money. It cheered me up at the end of a difficult day.

So we went shopping for a coat. What fun. She was like a child in a candy factory. Wanting to try on this coat, that coat, all coats. It was such a special thing for someone who never goes shopping for new anything. She is a large lady and so the choice was limited but she found something that she really liked. It had ‘fur’ round the collar and she kept nuzzling into it and pulling the coat around her. Her smile was from here to infinity! Thank you! Thank you! I like! Lovely lovely! S warm! Thank you, thank you! Then she wanted to go immediately to Dash foregoing a cuppa so she could show her friends there. What joy, what help to keep her warm, what a demonstration of love for a stranger.

The second story is about an Eritrean man who has wife and 3 children. He is not allowed to live with them or support them. Asylum seekers must not work while waiting for Home Office approval to remain. In his culture it is unheard of. A man always works to support his family. But, despite all the difficulties, his loss of status as a father, he remains dignified, hopeful and patient. Last summer his 6 year old son asked him to take them on holiday. Obviously he could not do that but he started trying to find ways to take him out for the day. Nothing came up. When I met him it struck me how very hard it is not to be able to treat your child (especially as my great joy is treating my grandchildren). A day at a museum, educational as well as family time, seemed very little but meant a huge amount. His son is interested in science and planes. And so I hesitantly suggested you might be willing to fund such a day for him. He found it hard to believe. Again I told him it might not happen as was unsure whether folks would see it as meeting a need in the face of so many other needs. Nothing happened immediately and we both settled down to be patient. The news came through when we least expected it. It was wonderful. It meant so much to Benyam an encouraged many others. And so they went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. They went on the train and had a wonderful time exploring together as a family, like so many other families at half term. Being ordinary at times seems impossible, but you gave him the opportunity to do just that.

For myself, I have found the generosity and love behind these gifts that allow ordinary people to do things we can easily take for granted, has given me a new lease of ‘faith life’ after a difficult period. Thank you for the joy you have given to Benyam, Zanab and me.

Blown away

21st November 2016

John is blown away by your kindness. He says:
"I am extremely grateful. It is really nice to know that there are people who aren't related to you or obligated to you who are willing to help. This will go a long way to help me."

Washing Machine

20th November 2016

B is so grateful for the washing machine she gave me a big hug and said to give it to you. She said "I cannot get over that people I don't even know want to help me"

You have made this lady's life so much easier and it has brought her great joy. Thank you.

thank you for making my day

17th November 2016

Rob said 'I think this is spot on and i appreciate it. It's been one of the things that has put a smile on my face. When I'm cooking my christmas dinner I shall think of all the people who helped it happen."

Replacement oven

14th November 2016

Oh my, a replacement oven will mean I can prepare meals again for my son (and his friends). My mum has been great but now I can provide for my family again. Thank you.

Help with Food

10th November 2016

One of our Church volunteers found out that a young man in the Church was struggling to buy food even though he has two jobs and lives alone. He asked our Acts 435 advocate Dave Key at Open Door Church Peterborough if he could help in anyway. Dave was able to find out more details and then put in a request for £60 to help with this urgent situation. £60 was given to the Church Volunteer who took the young man food shopping straight away. They returned to his home and filled his cupboards and fridge with food which was more than enough to help him until his next pay day. The request was posted and met in full within two weeks by generous donations. Thank you for helping us to support him in his time of need.

Childrens' scout camp

7th November 2016

A family of 4 were enabled to attend an international scout jamboree at Charnwood. They greatly enjoyed themselves, and sent cards thanking the sponsors. They saw the pop group Little Mix, made balloons and completed challenges along with lots of other children from around the country. "It was excellent, thank you very much, Best day ever".

Mum

7th November 2016

Thomas was able to visit his mum who lives quite a way from Bournemouth. She is in very ill health and to be able to see her has been fantastic. Thank you so much.

Timely

6th November 2016

D came to collect and sign for the £120 so generously donated towards his replacement washing machine and it is very timely.
He says "thank you for your kind help. I wish you a good Christmas."

Thank you very much.

Re-conditioned Gas Cooker.

6th November 2016

This young mum is delighted with the cooker, we managed to get one in excellent condition. It is being fitted tomorrow and she is excited at being able to cook proper meals again.
Many thanks for your generosity.

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