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Church care packs a treat for COVID hospital workers

By Stephen Cauchi

23 October 2021

CHURCHES have delivered thousands of treats to healthcare workers in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s COVID-19 Wards.

St Jude’s Carlton senior associate minister Reverend Alex Zunica said hospital staff were blown away by the gesture.

Mr Zunica delivered 2100 care packs to the hospital in October, each of which included a handwritten thank you note.

“[The donations office] were really happy and said the staff would really appreciate them. They said they’d get back in touch with us with some photos and reactions,” Mr Zunica said.

Mr Zunica said the idea to send the care packs came after he posted on social media in early October.

“I posted something and then someone said it would be good if we could do something with the local churches,” he said.

Mr Zunica said the care packs included individually wrapped treats such coffee bags, teabags, little chocolates, chewing gum, packets of chips, handcreams and lip gloss.

All the care packs were packed by members of the churches, who included a handwritten thankyou note with each pack. 

St Jude’s worked with Merri Creek Anglican, St John’s West Brunswick, St Augustine’s Moreland, Darebin Presbyterian and CrossCulture Church to deliver the packs.

Darebin Presbyterian were first to express interest and soon the other churches came on board. St Jude’s was the drop-off point for the donated goods, Mr Zunica said.

Another 500 are set to be delivered later in the month.

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