Under the direction of Youth Minister Lisa Valentino, youth in grades 6-12 recently set up a "Cardboard City" on the front lawn of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Hackettstown, NJ. Their goal was simple:
-- Raise awareness about homeless families in Warren County; and
-- Raise money for Family Promise of Warren County/ Warren County Interfaith Hospitality Network, to help end that homelessness.
As a result of their enthusiastic efforts, a whopping $1448 was raised to help our families.
The event started at 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 21, and started with the collection of sponsored funds and assembling the “city.” Afterward, the group gathered in a make-shift soup kitchen for soup and sandwiches before heading into the church for their guest speaker Michelle Mowery, who went through the Family Promise program. This was followed by time in refection and prayer. The evening ended with songs and stories around the fire pit followed by quiet time. Participants then gathered in their boxes for sleep. Throughout the event they stopped those passing by with signs, asking for help.
In the process, they clearly met and exceeded another goal: emulating the words of Mother Teresa, "Do small things with great love." Our deepest thanks to Lisa Valentino, and all those who supported and participated in this inspiring event!
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