10 March 2023

Leaving a gift in your will can benefit PSO in so many ways

Just last week, our Supporter Development Manager Jude, received a phone call from a Community Support Worker. A very unwell gentleman in the care of Ross Home for the final stage of his life’s journey, had asked her to kindly arrange for his belongings to be donated to Presbyterian Support Otago. After careful consideration and discussion, it became clear that the gentlemen wanted to be reassured that he wasn’t leaving behind any loose ends. A man of great detail and organisation in life, he wanted his possessions to benefit his community before his passing.

Peter’s* personal items were collected for safe keeping, to be distributed and donated through our network of PSO services. Some basic household items will be able to change the lives of clients in need of them. Some items will be sold, with the resulting funds helping to support the provision of the Family Works services. Even Peter’s pantry items were able to be repurposed, showing that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Peter passed away shortly after, but his gift to PSO will live on and continue to help children and families (who are struggling and living with poverty and trauma) to gain the skills and knowledge to build a safer and brighter future. Leaving a gift in your will, is an incredible way of showing you care for your community and the people who live in it – not just right now, but well into the future.

A bequest can take many different forms, and like Peter, you might like to consider what happens to the contents of your home once you have departed. If this is something that has been on your mind, please give Jude a call for a chat about it all, preferably over a cup of tea together.

* name changed for privacy reasons

If you would like to find out more information about leaving a gift (bequest) to Presbyterian Support Otago, please contact Jude McCracken, Supporter Development Manager by calling 03 477 7115 or email fundraising@psotago.org.nz

PSO’s services are offered in Dunedin, Oamaru, Balclutha, Wanaka, Alexandra and throughout Otago.

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