Lenten Almsgiving 2024

February 14th is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when we are called upon to prepare our hearts for Christ at Easter by practicing prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  This year, there will be a coordinated effort across our family of parishes for our almsgiving practice.  Our KCC Social Action Committee has selected the following two charities, one local and one global, for your almsgiving consideration: 
Secret Smiles provides beds and bedding for children in our community
CRS in Nigeria addresses many of the wide-ranging problems in Nigeria
A child sleeping on a cold floor with nothing but a sheet to keep him warm...A newborn baby lying on a dirty mattress because she has no crib...Parents are in despair because they are unable to provide a basic necessity for their children...

These are the faces of Secret Smiles.

Secret Smiles of Dayton, Inc. provides beds, cribs, and bedding to children in our community who are without.  Since 2001, they have come in contact with thousands of children who now have a warm and secure place to sleep at night thanks to the generosity of strangers.  They are a 100% volunteer charity with no salaries or overhead costs, and all donations go back into our community to purchase new beds and bedding for children. Only with your help can they continue to help the neediest in our community, our children.

You can donate to this organization on Ascension's website here: https://www.wesharegiving.org/App/Form/7377038f-d6d1-41a4-9367-fc656f401d2c

Our donations to Catholic Relief Services in Nigeria will support work being done to improve the lives of the people in Nigeria, Father Chibueze’s homeland.  Some of the most critical challenges to development in Nigeria include entrenched
poverty and unemployment, conflict, hunger, and high rates of disease. Father Chibueze emphasized that our help is most needed for the displaced persons in the “north eastern part of the country where the Bokoharam have perpetuated their mayhem.”  Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa (226.2 million) and the 7th most populous country in the world. Yet, it is approximately the size of the combination of California, Nevada and Utah.  It is on the West coast of Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.  Its geography is very diverse, spreading out over 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory.  The population includes approximately 250 different ethnic groups, many of which have their own
distinctive language.  The official language, though, is English.  

You can donate to this organization on Ascension's website here: https://www.wesharegiving.org/App/Form/cd828270-d229-4322-8609-e91b04bab158
Donations to both charities can be made through the parish website by clicking on the online giving button, or by using the special envelopes in your March-April mailed packet.  At the Secret Smiles display, there will also be a list of needed bedding items that you can purchase and place them in the bin provided.  
Please join us in supporting our almsgiving charities this Lenten season.  Look for more information about our charities in this space and other media throughout Lent.