History of Leith, Edinburgh

April 27, 2012

Gifts to the Poor

We have to express grateful acknowledgment of two
anonymous gifts of £50 and £5 this month to the poor
of our congregation. The donor of the first gift writes:
” Will you please use enclosed cheque to help the poor
of the congregation ? I fear we are in for a very hard
winter, and there will be much real suffering.” While
the other writes: “Will you just use this money as
you think best ? It is given with all my heart. I wish
it were more ; but as it is given with so much pleasure
I hope it will benefit some.” We feel that gifts given
with such love and tender concern for the poor will
carry with them a blessing beyond all our power to
imagine.
We must also make acknowledgment of another
thoughtful gift. In the course of a sermon, Mr.
Dalgetty, speaking of the poor in our midst, mentioned
having visited a home, not a stone’s throw from South
Leith Church, where he found that the baby, for lack
of a cot, was lying in a suit-case—open of course ! The
story of this improvised cradle, with its revelation of a
very real poverty, came as a surprise to many. But one
kind member bethought herself of a pram that was no
longer required, and offered it to supply the need in
question. Needless to say, the gift was most gladly
accepted, and we print elsewhere the mention of its
grateful acknowledgment.
There can be few Churches doing so much for the
poor as South Leith. True, we are provided with an
opportunity beyond most. But as the need has increased,
the means to meet it has increased, and never
in the history of our Church has such ample provision
been made for the poor of our parish as is being made
in these present days. Our annual expenditure on
behalf of the poor now runs into several hundred
pounds, while the supply of necessities in the shape of
coals, clothing, provisions, and comforts for the sick,
is beyond our reckoning. May our Church long continue
to be distinguished for such a gracious work of
charity and mercy.

source-South Leith Magazine 1932

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