Christmas at Birmingham Crisis Centre
In January, Jenny Saxby received the following letter from Claire Brooke at the BCC:
“Now that the Christmas decorations, glitter and glam is all but a distant memory and the grotto has been restored to its wintery resting place for another twelve months, the children are back at school, and mothers are busy planning for a new start, we have time to reflect on the kindness and thoughtfulness of the Central Birmingham Soroptimists for their wonderful support. Once again, Jenny, you have exceeded expectations and again turned your home into the ‘packing hub’ for the generous donations for our ladies staying with us at the Centre over the Christmas holidays.
This year, ladies, you certainly surpassed yourselves, in providing 23 beautiful boxes of gorgeousness for our ladies, together with oodles of bags full of knitted toys and goodies, and lots of toiletries which will indeed be welcomed by our future ladies and children. The additional boxes of items have been transferred to our storeroom and our housekeeping staff are leaving a little ‘welcome basket’ of special items for all our new families.
We also send special thanks to your usual team of ‘little helpers’: Celia Charlesworth, Pat Kirby, Margaret Cannadine and Ruth Gibson, for giving up their free time and sharing their handy skills with boxes, cellotape and wrapping paper. Of course, not forgetting hubby Ian, who we are sure shared his expertise, although we hope not just in a supervisory capacity!
We would ask that you send thanks to all your members who contributed financially, or otherwise, in providing these great items, and of course their time, all for the benefit of our residents here at the Centre.
Having such great friends and supporters like you all makes a whole world of difference to our residents and their children. On behalf of everyone at the Birmingham Crisis Centre we send every good wish to you all for a wonderful 2017.”