"Yes big difference. My daughter usually watches cartoons and plays on phone, but when she got this pack she loves drawing, writing and colouring. Even though she is at school now, when she comes home she pulls out the book and her colouring pencils, she loves it. My daughter also likes reading now. I'm so grateful for you guys, for this amazing gift for my daughter. Thank you for being our guardian angels for Fiona's First Impressions school life!!"
Yours gratefully, Fiona's Mum
"I'd like to acknowledge your company's amazing services to Family Start Manukau's families. I want to express appreciation on behalf of my families of Family Start Manukau, it is really lightening up children's life. I feel grateful to get all your support and assistance. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Tracey Tang, Family Start Manukau
"Thank you so much SSFI for helping us get off to a successful start to school. Snaythe is settling in well and loves his uniform. This has taken a lot of financial pressure off and getting our little man off to school without pressures. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
"Thank you SSFI for help with uniform, stationery and birthday supplies for our son Arbaaz. We are going through a difficult period financially and struggling to meet our essential financial commitments. The cost of essentials for Arbaaz's new school added more stress, and with your help it took this huge burden off our shoulders."
"We are incredibly grateful for all your support over this difficult period for our family. The gift from SSFI came just in time and was overwhelmingly generous. We are very grateful."
"Massive thanks to Family Start and School Start First Impressions for the support, gifts and cake to help celebrate our boys big birthday. Our family appreciates it."
"So much appreciated, very helpful. I wasn't expecting the school shoes, etc, for school. What a blessing."
"This has helped us in so many ways, words can't express how thankful we are."
"The box given was perfect for this 5 yr old and his whanau. The attention to ‘individualising’ it was lovely."
"Thank you so much School Start First Impressions very much appreciate everything you have given words can’t explain how thankful I am. Keep it up!!"
To Family Start and First Impressions
I want to express the gratitude my son and I felt receiving this most amazing parcel for my son, Jack's fifth birthday.* Words cannot express how much this meant to the both of us, and how much we were both blown way. No matter how much my son pulled out of the box, it was like the box was bottomless!!!! Whoever chose the name 'First Impressions' hit the nail on the head, as everything was put together to help my son make a good first impression on the first day of his school life, and fit in with everyone else.
Although the actions in itself are very thoughtful in the short term, I believe the impact of such a positive start in the long term will help him have a positive view on school life for the coming years. Because we had this massive help to Jack's uniform and school fees, including everything else down to underwear, bag, lunch box, books, shoes, we were able to spend the holidays before school spending time out and about having quality fun time together. I want both agencies to know you have helped us immensely, and made us feel like valued members of our community. The box was in no way just thrown together either, but based on a single piece of paper I filled out for Jack's like's and clothing size, it was as if First Impressions knew Jack personally. Thank you for being our guardian angels at the start of Jack's school life.
*Name changed for privacy.
School Start First Impressions is a privately funded initiative of Addenbrooke Foundation - Registered Charity CC51707