On December 6th we heard that Mrs Sadler and her five mokopuna has lost their home after it had burnt down during Labour Weekend. The family lost everything, including the letter from our Angel Tree programme. Now Christmas was approaching and there were no gifts organised for the children.
The whanau were no squeezing in with extended family in their same street. The children’s father, who was in prison, has seen the fire on television and was concerned for the whanau until the message came through that they were all safe.
As a fuller picture of the situation emerged, Prison Fellowship swung into action. We recommended that bicycles being recycled and rebuilt by people in prison at Paremoremo might make some amazing gifts for the children. When we delivered them, each one had a message attached from their father in prison, reminding the children that they are remembered and loved. The looks on the children’s faces was priceless. And Ngarangi Sadler took the opportunity to remind her son in prison that he is loved and missed, especially at Christmas.