Through your support school communities across Queensland are being blessed by the everyday actions of their school chaplains.
But as Chappy Carol from Vienna Woods State School can attest to, the blessings often flow both ways.
When she first met a big-hearted young girl named Lauren, she was moved by her compassion for those in need. What followed has been a partnership that continues to bless and impact her local community.
Since she was in prep, Lauren has given away her birthday presents to those in need.
This selfless act started after the Queensland floods, when Lauren saw the devastation that affected other kids in her class. The following year, six year old Lauren and her mum, Deb, contacted a chaplain through the Radio Station 96.5, and gave gifts to a little girl whose house burnt down.
On the invitation to her birthday parties, Lauren writes specific details of someone in need and the people at her party bring gifts to be passed on anonymously.
Over the last eight years, Lauren has helped a man suffering from cancer, a lonely teenage girl and a family who lost their mum.
“I know that money can’t buy happiness, but it can make a difference when it makes people feel special,” Lauren says.
The process of selecting a special ‘someone’ each year, led to partnering with local chaplains who are the heartbeat of their communities, explains Deb, who also volunteers with the Local Chaplaincy Committee.
“Chaplains know that perfect person who needs a little bit of encouragement,” Deb says.
“Over the years they’ve played a really important role for Lauren, because they’ve been our gift registry!
“It’s a very joyful journey. I get a warm-fuzzy smile thinking about it.”
Chappy Carol says the partnership between chaplaincy and families is incredibly important.
“This family, everything they do is about giving. Lauren is very generous and her mum, Deb is always thinking of ways to bless others. As a chaplain, I get the best job of sharing the love around,” Chappy Carol says.
Lauren has started a beautiful tradition of generosity that will last for many years to come.
Your support helps make partnerships like Lauren and Chappy Carol’s possible. Please help keep this going. Visit suqld.org.au/donate.