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To whom it may concern,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the volunteers (especially Gareth), admin and the generous donor who contributed financially with the Christmas cash, 2019. I was fortunate enough to be pleasantly surprised with $500, just five days before Christmas.

Words alone are not enough to show the extent of my appreciation. In March 2019, I became single, ending a 6 year, domestically violent relationship when my eldest son at just 15 was ‘forced’ into a situation where he had to psychically shield his mother from being further attacked.
I realised then that only I could raise my 3 sons, alone to become gentlemen, despite how difficult, financially, emotionally and mentally that would be.
I didn’t want any more heartache or disruptions for my 3 sons, so I knew I had to remain in our home, after the police removed my ex partner. It was a massive ‘culture shock’ suddenly having to pay the full amount for rent and bills, instead of half. I don’t receive any child support from my boys fathers, due to domestic violence, i have an exemption from collecting it, as it potentially would escalate violence. So when I say I am doing it all alone, I am 100% doing it all alone.
I struggle to get by weekly, with rent and bills, however the fridge and cupboards are always full with food.
I was really sad and down about Christmas, being the first Christmas single. I had already told my 3 boys not to expect much and only had 1 present each under my tree for them which were all really cheap and boring gifts.
I didn’t tell them about the $500.
I bought them all wonderful gifts that they were wishing and hoping for, wrapped them up and hid them until they went to sleep Christmas Eve. Christmas morning was truly like Santa had visited and left gifts because my eldest 2 sons knew that I didn’t have the way or means to buy all the presents under the tree so when they kept asking me how, what, I just kept smiling and saying, Santa. So again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made Christmas magical in my home, instead of miserable.

Kindest Regards
Belinda

Various stories from St Johns Crisis Centre

A particular client of ours – DV with 3 children.

“I wish I had the words to explain how much I appreciate what you & St. Johns are doing for my girls and I. Both times I’ve left your desk feeling like there is a little bit of hope for us, you gave us that at a time we desperately need it. You are amazing xx”