Love Bundle Story
So by now like all of us, we are being inundated with glossy brochures and TV adverts from many organisations wanting a slice of your charity dollars for Christmas. All are worthy causes. Sometimes I feel a bit down that we don’t have the money to also give you a glossy brochure asking you to help New Hope India. The fact is that we don’t want to spend money on that because it would mean we would have to use some of your donation to pay for a glossy brochure or TV advert. So here is our simple message .Christmas Love Bundles are more than a present they are a necessity.
When you buy a Love Bundle you will receive a Love Bundle card, made by our children to send to a friend or relative to show that on their behalf instead of a gift that they probably don’t need that you have sent a Love Bundle on their behalf to someone in New Hope Jhan Jhur Leprosy Colony, patient or an aged widow from a Tribal village It’s a great feeling to give a gift of love.
During 2013 New Hope distributed Love Bundles in the aftermath of the Hud Hud Cyclone. In the recent Bike Ride the patients at the New Hope Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Hospital, a 20 bed medical centre ,received a Love Bundle.
It was a surprise for the patients and a great joy to see the excitement as they opened them up and realised that they had new shoes, sheet and Sari. As well as our Leprosy patients at Jhan Jhur receiving their gift, this Christmas, the Love Bundles are also part of our care outreach to below poverty line widows and very aged in the hill Tribal villages where the majority of people live well below the poverty line. The gifts are not just presents! The person who receives a Love Bundle is in real life terms only having this one small support opportunity in a year or even in two years. For most, the clothing part of the Bundle is their only time to get new clothing. It is sad in many instances to see the people we find in need having literally no more than rags and after a living a ‘hand to mouth’ existence all year a piece of soap in their Love Bundle gift, is more than a luxury! Your support to this cause, this appeal is full of true care giving, We are looking to helping 820 in need of this gift this Christmas.
Eliazar T Rose. Director
Patron of Friends of New Hope Australia.