More kids taking on projects to benefit people in need
It is so wonderful to witness more children and youth volunteering and organizing benefits for people most in need in the Denver community. Below are the stories of two enthusiastic givers who want to make a difference in the world.
Big heart, small package
Sometimes the biggest hearts come in small packages.
For Grace’s 12th birthday party, she asked family and friends to collect toiletries and help her pack 100 sack lunches for residents at Samaritan House. She used her babysitting money to buy peanut butter, jelly, Oreos, water, and apples to fill the lunches. All her parents did was drive her to Costco. Grace did the rest.
I’m thrilled to share that more and more children are contacting Catholic Charities and its ministries, offering to collect items or donate time to help families and individuals in need.
“Her dad and I are in awe because she did it completely on her own,” said Grace’ smom, Annie.
After delivering the donations to the shelter, Grace said, “I had a happy heart, because I felt I did a good thing.”
The difference one person can make
Tabitha, 13 years old, called Marisol Health over the summer, saying she wanted to coordinate a baby shower for its Denver clinic. Two months later, Tabitha arrived at the clinic with her mom and a carload filled with gifts; six car seats, boxes of diapers and new baby clothing.
When asked about her motivation to hold the baby showers, Tabitha wrote: “Thank you so much for letting me have the opportunity to run this baby shower. … I have always had babies in danger of abortion and their mothers, fathers, and families very close to my heart, because of my little siblings. They have shown me that children and babies are people; and how precious and invaluable those people are. Also, their mothers are at a crisis in their lives; they have a huge responsibility that God has given them, and they cannot be left to carry it alone. About a year and a half ago, one of the home school moms who leads a lot of activities set up a tour of the Marisol facility in Denver. We participated in that, and it was then that I was made aware of Marisol. … I just loved thinking about the recipients of the donations. While I was folding baby clothes, I thought about the babies who would wear them – babies who had been saved from a gruesome death. The handling of tangible things led me to almost a new understanding of how much difference one person can make, or not make, and that I can choose to do these things, even if it is only possible for me at a given moment to pray. I am so thankful for that, and hope to remember it for the rest of my life.”
Lenten Acts of Love for kids
Fill your Lenten season with acts of love! As your children complete the suggested activities in this print out, have them color in the sun rays to make a beautiful mosaic.