How Can You Help Kids in the Missions?
The most important thing you can give to kids in the Missions are your prayers. When you pray, please remember children who live in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Latin America. Pray for children who don't have a place to live or food to eat and pray especially for children who don't know about Jesus and of his great love for them.
You can also help kids in the Missions by giving financial help. Your offering, no matter how small can make a real difference in the lives of children.
For example, donations from HCA kids in the United States help Sisters in the Nilgiri area of India care for young children and teach them and their families about health and nutrition. The Sisters also teach these families about Jesus.
"The children perform a Christmas play every year," said Sister Josephine. "This helps them to learn about Jesus and His 'Good News,'" she said.
The Sisters also say prayers with the children before and after meal.
"We thank you for your help and pray for you every day," said Sister Josephine.
Help for Haiti
Never underestimate the power of a penny – or a nickel or a dime!”
When word got out that the Pontifical Mission Societies had created a special fund, the Haitian Solidarity Fund, to help rebuild the infrastructure of the church in Haiti after that devastating earthquake, the kids and teachers in schools and parishes throughout the United States jumped right in.
One such school is Gate of Heaven Elementary School in Dallas, PA. During Catholic Schools week, students there conducted a service project to benefit the people of Haiti. Each day of the week, a different denomination of coin was collected. On Monday, the students contributed "pennies for Haiti" - Tuesday was "nickels for Haiti" - Wednesday became "dimes for Haiti" followed by "quarters for Haiti" on Thursday. Friday, the final day of the project, was billed "donations for Haiti" and students were able to contribute any amount they desired. When the final coins, bills and checks were counted, there was a grand total of $1,400!
This project was in addition to the school's normal involvement with HCA activities including the Membership Program, Advent, Lent and HCA Around the World. Not one of these programs was interrupted by the special collection for Haiti!
Needless to say, the school was very proud of the generosity of their students and their families, and were happy they could be of assistance to the people of Haiti through the Pontifical Mission Societies. We, too, are proud of their love and dedication to the Missions and all that they do for children all over the world through the Holy Childhood Association.
Above are just some of the dedicated students and staff of Gate of Heaven School who helped wrap coins for the Haitian Solidarity Fund.
Row 1 (left to right) Joseph Waslin, Ava Rose Fino, Morgan Patla, Sean Boland.