Friday, 7 November 2008

Generosity...

You bloggers (and blog readers, naturally, are included here!) are a decidedly generous bunch when faced with a good cause... I remember being heartened by the response to the last appeal of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life for prams, buggies and baby-related items.

This time, the Good Counsel Network is in need of your generosity.  They help women in much the same sort of situation as do the Sisters, only south of the border!  They plan to have a Christmas party for young mothers, and are appealing for donations of small gifts (wrapped nicely) which can be given to the young women as presents (Joanna Bogle has suggested each gift should be worth around £2-3, more a morale-booster than anything else) items of household goods or baby-related items which could be added to a parcel given to each mother, and donations of money to help buy more such items would be even more helpful.

Send your donations to Good Counsel Network (Party Appeal), c/o 15 Maple Grove London NW9 8RD.

BTW, it sounds obvious, but I would discourage sending cash through the post, especially at this time of year!

Twitch of the mantilla to Auntie Joanna Writes.

6 comments:

Cathy said...

Mac,

Any way they could make another Amazon list so those of us across the pond could give?

Thanks!

Mac McLernon said...

They don't appear to have a website (aaaarghhh! Shock, horror!) but I suspect that you could order something from Amazon and give the address in my post as the delivery address...

(it worked for the Sisters!!)

Kasia said...

Tell them to get a web site and start taking donations via Mastercard!!! I haven't a clue what kind of small gifts would be appropriate...it doesn't help that I think in a different currency. 2 - 3 quid was about 5 - 7 dollars when I was in England. Is that still right? Am I looking for about ten-dollar gifts?

Mac McLernon said...

About 6 dollars per gift is about right, I think. Small things like fancy bubble-bath and soap, stuff that young women would like but might not buy for themselves because they had to spend what little they have on essentials...

Kasia said...

Ahh, ok. That helps!

Now, the question is whether Amazon.co.uk will gift-wrap at a reasonable price...I don't suppose Good Counsel would accept a roll or two of pretty wrapping paper so they could do the work. ;-)

I'll poke around and see what I can find. I do wish I could've given them cash, but I seem to remember British banks charging high exchange fees for foreign-currency checks, so phooey on that...

Cathy said...

FYI, when ordering from Amazon, you are required to enter a phone number for your shipping address. I used one for Good Counsel I got from Fr. Tim's blog, 020 7723 1740.
I found some pretty little soaps made by "Bomb" and "Scottish Fine Soaps" - just pay attention to the ship date. Only buy stuff that's "In Stock" and "Ships Soon" - some of the Scottish Soaps were not in stock and it said "Ships within 2-3 weeks."

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