News Release

Mormons and Catholics Support Auckland Families 'Doing it Tough' at Christmas

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in congregations on Auckland’s North Shore are rallying this Christmas season to support Catholic charity De Paul House as it serves families going through difficult times.

De Paul House provides housing for nine families at their facility in Onewa. The charity also supports another 170 families in the community in a number of ways.  

The aim of De Paul House is to keep families united in a safe and dignified environment and help families address the issues that have led them to being homeless.  The goal is to have them successfully re-establish themselves in the community.

This week representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John McLean and Callum Blair, delivered food items that North Shore Latter-day Saints collected over the last few weeks.    

The project was coordinated by John McLean, Neil and Lynne Hutchison, and Callum Blair.

Catherine McClintock, De Paul House manager, said, “We are absolutely delighted with the food items. If it wasn’t for people like the members of the Church, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. The generosity of your people is heart-warming.” 

She said the food will help 60 families with 170 children who are in the greatest need this Christmas season. 

North Shore Latter-day Saints are planning a “Mormon Helping Hands” service project at De Paul House on 22 February 2014. 

“We will be painting garages, landscaping, cleaning and constructing a boundary fence,” John McLean says.

Latter-day Saint women from the Aeroview Ward (congregation) in Beachaven are also providing support to De Paul House with volunteers doing general cleaning and restocking apartments.

Read more about Mormon Helping Hands service efforts.

Read about the Church’s approach to interfaith relations.





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