The Christmas feast
For so many of us, the holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Years—holds much joy, laughter and hope. Our busy schedules often welcome: spending quality time with family and friends; sharing bountiful feasts; celebrating at endless parties and family get togethers; giving gifts to those we love and care for; making resolutions to become better people in the coming months; and counting our seemingly endless blessings.
For others, the holidays bring something very different. It may be a time of sadness, loneliness and depression, especially for those with no home to return to. It may be a time of growling stomaches and empty hands for those who have been orphaned by circumstances beyond their control. It is these people—those who have forged a permanent place in our hearts—that we remembered this Christmas day.
In recent months you've read blog posts about the food crisis at St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and our combined efforts to provide a constant source of food for the kids. Through Global Giving and our website, we are conducting an on-going food drive to ensure that the children are once again able to receive 3 meals a day. This Christmas, we wanted to make sure every person with the last name "Vincent" (the sir name for many of the permanent residents) and staff was reminded that they are each loved and cared about.
On December 25, 2012, The Red Thread Promise set out a feast within the gates of St. Vincent's. With the hard work of Jonas, our all-around-handy-Haitian-friend, and his fiancé, Nathalie, the tables were set with traditional food of every sort, ensuring that every child would have something they like. (So much food was provided that there was a shortage of tables!)
Here are a few of the many thank you's from the kids:
Merry Christmas and happy new year 2013!
Que dieu vows protege. (May God bless you)
Merry Christmas! Thank you for the pretty dinner you give the Jonas.
Makes for we everybody very happy. God bless you.
~ Marie Carmelle, your friend
Thank you so much for dinner.
~ Moise & Maille & Zacharie
Hi, happy new year 2013 and thanks for diner.
My God keeps you safe.
I send you a package full of joy, peace, love and health.
Merry Christmas. Thanks for all, God bless you!
10000 thanks for the diner and 11000 thanks for the cake.
I'm happy you remember my birthday.
~ Marie Line
Thank you for your support of this program. Having sufficient food is a right, not a privilege.
The first to enjoy the meal
Marie Line, Clauricianne, Judith and Genie
A sweet treat on a special day
Yolene waiting for her meal
Marie Line and her birthday cake