Our Stuff the Bus story highlight video this past weekend in church was around how important it is to foster relationships in the community with many living alone or in need of help.
It was positioned to time with Social Inclusion Week here in Australia from 19th November to 27th November and is around encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged.
We have found our Street Teams program to be an effective tool in reaching out to people living in our own backyard and help them to feel valued and engaged. Our volunteers discover that serving in this program they receive far more than we give when we see the people we visit flourish.
We visit many residents who live in isolation or going through tough times throughout the year. Consistency and care helps to foster friendships that go beyond a Saturday morning visit.
As Victoria one of our loved residents says, “When they come they are my family. Every Saturday, I wait impatiently. If they don’t come I will be upset. We don’t treat each other differently. We are close, very, very, close.”
Our Street Teams especially love the Stuff the Bus season as we get the opportunity to knock on new doors and give hampers and gifts as well as bless the families we have gotten to know throughout the year.
Stuff the Bus has continued to grow each year reaching more people. What we love is that as broad and as far as we reach, and the more people we continue to help, it always comes down to the one person.
Our Christmas Appeal through Stuff the Bus is seasonal but the relationships that we foster through this campaign aren’t. Our Street Teams provide ongoing support to many people like Victoria.
Let’s join together to share what we have with many who are in desperate need to be practically shown the love of Christ.
HOW TO HELP
Simply bring new + unwrapped toys, gifts and food items listed below to any of our Hillsong Church locations across Australia or purchase these gifts online at STUFFTHEBUS.ORG.AU
NEW TOYS + GIFT IDEAS
Sports gear, movie vouchers, gift vouchers,, fashion and beauty products, puzzles, building blocks, board games, electronic games, dolls or action figures, craft materials and colouring books.
CHRISTMAS HAMPER STAPLES
Christmas Pudding, Long Life custard, Chocolate, Savoury Snacks (Nuts/Chips/Crackers), Sparkling drinks (Appletiser/Grapetiser)
CHRISTMAS HAMPER FILLERS
Tea, Coffee, Long-Life milk, Tinned Fruit, Pancake Mix, Jams and Spreads and Shortbread Biscuits