“You could have passed Harry off as someone else’s problem. But you didn’t.”
Fundraising manager Jamie McIntosh reports back on Blythswood’s 2019 Family Appeal.
We recently told you Harry’s story.
Harry isn’t like other children. The flat where he lives with his Mum and Dad has no heating. There’s no food in the cupboards. Harry feels very sad and very small. And he is small – he’s just five years old.
You could have blamed Harry’s Dad. But he struggles with mental health issues.
You could have blamed Harry’s Mum. But she works and does her best to provide for the family.
You could have passed Harry off as someone else’s problem. But you didn’t.
You didn’t blame Harry’s parents. You didn’t pass Harry off as someone else’s responsibility.
When Harry’s Dad came to our Foodbank, he was uneasy. But when he sat down with a cup of coffee, he felt listened to - not judged. Things changed.
Harry’s Dad left our Foodbank with food for three days. We gave him toys so Harry has something to play with. Harry’s Dad said, “I’m blown away that everyone here is so nice, and the food you’ve given me is such a help. I can’t thank you enough.”
We’re amazed by the response to our Family Appeal, which will help children and families like Harry’s. When someone turns to us for help, we can give emergency food, a listening ear and put them in touch with other support organisations.
You could have blamed Harry’s parents or passed him off as someone else’s problem.