My school, Sacred Heart of Mary (Upminster) have decided to support Crisis as our Christmas charity. Students are being encouraged to send less cards, buy cheaper wrapping paper and make donations in their form groups and RE lessons.
We are also learning about homelessness, and focusing on our Christian responsibility to help those in need. Reflecting on the way Jesus treated 'outcasts' such as Samaritans, tax collectors, lepers and sinful women gives us clear guidance on how to treat those in our society today who are on the edges of our communities.
We have been using a presentation (download here) based on some of the Crisis school resources (see here) and the RE prefects have put together a display board:
Crisis 2012 advert:
Crisis Open Christmas 2011:
Like Ed Sheeran, we are hoping the whole school community can support Crisis this Christmas. Students, staff and parents can make donations through the school finance office (in an envelop marked 'Crisis Christmas Appeal') or you can alternatively donate via Crisis direct: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/donate.html - Just £20.48 buys a place at Crisis for a homeless person including shelter, meals, clothes and access to a whole range of services to help them break the cycle and start a new life.