Christmas and charity should go hand in hand. At a time when our thoughts turn to the joyful birth of our Savior, we may also think of those who do not feel joy because of hunger, lack of shelter and clothing, lack of the necessities of life, oppression, abuse, addictions, and so on. There is a reputable Catholic organisation called Chalice; here is their Mission Statement:
Sharing with our Children.
Chalice proclaims Christ's loving care for the poor and suffering by inspiring our Catholic community to support local initiatives in developing countries primarily through the sponsorship of children and elderly in need.
We are rooted in Catholic social teachings that affirm the sacredness of life, and dignity of all people regardless of colour, nationality, age, gender or creed.
We believe that community members are fully capable of identifying the social conditions that impact their communities and are the best agents to address those conditions and effect positive changes.
We are guided by Christ's example of loving care in all our relationships with one another.
To alleviate the effects of poverty, by offering an effective and trustworthy sponsorship programme that reflects God's love and mercy in our world. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me (us) to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)
To increase awareness and mobilize support in our Catholic community for the many children and elderly in developing countries facing conditions of extreme poverty and lack of opportunity. "For I have set you an example, that you should also do as I have done to you." (John 13:15)
To establish and maintain sponsor sites that respond to the needs of people struggling with the effects of poverty, particularly the lack of basic education, food, clothing, housing and health.
To support community initiatives of people who share our mission and values.
To monitor all Chalice sponsor sites in order to ensure that those sponsored are properly benefiting from the funds given by our sponsors and other donors, according to our goals.
To provide programme and sponsor site information regularly about Chalice that will be of interest to sponsors and other benefactors.
To provide maximum financial support to our sponsor sites by keeping overhead and administrative costs to a minimum.
To offer presentations and make appeals to Catholic parishes and other interested groups who wish to support the work of Chalice.
Here is the link to their gift catalogue
I am challenging all my blog readers to support them. You can give as little as $10, which will buy chickens or seeds to provide a family with an income; you can sponsor a child for $33 a month, or specify your gift to go towards anything from household needs to education to health needs. Their gift catalogue has many choices. You can even send $5, to go where most needed,which is a good way to get children involved in helping other children- some of our children get more than that in daily spending money!
I am not asking you to tell what you have done or how much you spent, just to help others this Christmas. No matter how little we have in these hard times, there are always others who are more in need than we are.