As we begin a new year, let us strengthen our resolve to challenge poverty one child at a time.
Happy New Year-even though it is the end of January! I don’t know about you but when January ends I am really happy because we are that much closer to spring time! Maybe I should say “Happy end of January!”
On January 11th, the Cleveland chapter celebrated the conclusion of their 100th anniversary year with a special mass at St. John’s Cathedral, followed by a tour of the cathedral and a luncheon.
Our very own Fr. Ralph, spiritual advisor to the Cleveland chapter since 1984, gave a very moving homily. He knows our chapter and our national organization so well, and his words really resonated with me. He spoke of the work that we do for the needy and less fortunate children in our community. He mentioned layettes, My Stuff bags, reading enrichment programs and the libraries we run and he said we are “content to do this simple work without any recognition or award”. And I don’t think he meant “simple” in any negative way but rather it struck me that he saw us as missionaries of sorts working among the needy and not seeking any recognition.
While it’s true we functioned this way for many years, we have changed. Now we want to get our name into the press-we want to see Christ Child Society chapters and National recognized in newspaper articles-in TV coverage-on social media. We do want to be recognized! NOT for any type of personal gain, but rather because the more known we are, the more support we will be able to raise. Our membership will grow as will program volunteers and attendance at functions. The result will be that we can extend our reach into more communities and do so much more for the children we serve!
January is Poverty Awareness Month. Carol Pickle, NCCS President-Elect, posted a message about this on National’s Facebook page-please “like” our posts, but more importantly “share” our posts! As you know, 1 in 5 children live at or below poverty level in this country. The dedication that the Christ Child Society brings to its work in each community ensures that the lives of so many children are improved. It is service that comes from unconditional love-it is basic needs support-it is treating children and families with dignity-it is being aware of cultural differences. It is so simple. It is so powerful.
Thank you for all you do in the name of the Christ Child,