It may sound a little strange to you all as you are gathered with family and friends on this Thanksgiving Day to hear that today is just another day here in southern Haiti. No parades, no televised football games, no huge table brimming with scrumptious food and turkey. That’s not to say that we are not grateful. Every morning prayer, every Mass and every meal include a moment of appreciation for all our blessings. We have much more now than we did years ago. Early on we thanked God for the daily meal which wasn’t much at times. Now we thank Him for the roof over our heads that keeps us dry during the rainy season; we thank Him for three meals a day; we thank Him for our schools and teachers, our dedicated staff (kitchen and laundry, especially); we thank Him for you who do so much for us.
We also pray daily for those less fortunate: for the children still homeless and hungry, for the sick who have no one to care for them, for the families struggling to provide for their children. We have cause to be thankful but we are surrounded with cries for help. Maybe once the hubbub of the day is over you could check out our website at www.freethekids.org and make a donation to help us continue to provide food, shelter, medical care and education to thousands of grateful children. A recurring donation provides us with a guaranteed income so we can better serve the children and reach out to others who are desperately in need.
God bless you and yours.