Anglican Youth Helping Others

Back row: Michael Collins, and Natasha Nicolle Front row: Paige Newell, Donna Ronan, Imani Gordon, Paris Somers-Gordon, Rev’d Barbara Boone, and Alex Skinner. Missing: Jeremey Newell, and Claire Montrose
The Rev'd Barbara Boone

On March 22nd, eight members of our Youth Group, along with their three leaders, slept without beds to raise money for the “Heads Without Beds” campaign. This annual event supports the Home Again Furniture Bank, an initiative of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

Donations from family, friends, and parishioners helped the group collect a total of $1675 to bring beds and furniture to people in need.

Youth participants represented three parishes in the Mount Pearl / St John’s area: the Parish of the Good Shepherd, the Parish of the Ascension, and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

In preparation for the event, youth participated in a reality check activity during a regular youth group meeting, in which they attempted to budget for a month using a range of incomes. This helped raise awareness of the importance of reaching out to struggling neighbours—loving our neighbours as ourselves.

During the “Heads Without Beds” event, some slept on the floor in the hall at the Good Shepherd, some slept on the floor in their own homes, and some spent the night in another facility outside of their homes. All left with an increased appreciation of the privileges they have been blessed with!

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