Our outreach does not always require us to reach very far. A member of our parish, a senior, lives in affordable housing and cares for her younger grandchild after school each day until the older sibling takes them home by bus. The family, financially challenged, learned that the children, aged 12 and 16, were ineligible for financial assistance at Christmastime because of their ages, and their mother, who suffers with PTSD, was unable to advocate for them. When we learned of this, we were able to offer assistance that will provide a holiday meal and a small gift for each.
Khalil sent the following greeting on Christmas Eve which he requested be sent out “to ALL the group”. The family knows they have been welcomed and supported by a large group of people, and they wanted to express their gratitude in their own words:
“On this holiday, I would like to take the time to let you know that I am truly grateful for everything you have done for me and my family. I wish you a loving and wonderful Christmas. I pray and hope that your new year will be even happier. Merry Christmas! Khalil and Family.”