A Christmas Message From Father Chris Riley

December 13, 2019

It’s that time of year again, when we are all excited to spend the holidays surrounded by loved ones and sharing the joy of Christmas.

Unfortunately, for many of Australia’s vulnerable young people, this time serves as a reminder of what they don’t have. Every year there are many kids who spend their Christmas Day on the streets – they don’t have a home to go to let alone presents or a hot meal. What should be a joyous time is instead lonely, stressful and traumatic.

This Christmas season, I’ll be handing out hundreds of hampers and presents across our services to families in need. Just the simple act of giving a Christmas meal can drastically change the holidays for those who are struggling. By showing them they are loved and wanted, we can make a world of difference.

This year, when you are sharing the joy of Christmas with loved ones, I hope you can spare a thought for our young people who are alone. Together we can bring hope and safety to homeless and vulnerable young people this Christmas.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that 2020 brings you joy and happiness.

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