Samantha Chandler has been volunteering for CAFOD for several years and is now not only the volunteer for her parish of St Josephs in Portishead, but is also the Area Coordinator for the Diocese of Weston-Super-Mare, for CAFOD.
Sam reports: “ On a daily basis, I witness dedication, passion and acts of solidarity from our volunteers around our Deanery. I am also privileged to hear the stories of people who work overseas on how our prayers and donations help local communities and transform lives for the better. Seeing and hearing these stories inspires me, making me feel that living simply could be a better way to live. I know that if I make small changes in my life, it could enable someone else to live a fuller life. Our parish continues to do just that. As one of the fundraising activities we do throughout the year, during Advent we fundraise for a gift through CAFODs World Gifts programme. This year we raised £300, enough to buy a medical outreach team gift from the world gifts catalogue. Giving a gift such as this has filled us with so much joy! Our Carol service was accompanied by artwork created by the children, inspired by the readings”.
This is just one example of CAFOD supporters changing lives through World Gifts. World Gifts are a thoughtful and ethical present, and the benefits don’t end once you’ve unwrapped it. After you buy a World Gift, you will receive a beautiful card which explains how the gift will make a lasting difference. And World Gifts are for throughout the year – for any occasion. See here for the wonderful range you can give to bless and help others around the world.