We have just gathered with family and friends giving thanks for the bountiful yields from our nation’s fields and factories. As we give thanks, consider those who do not benefit from our shared bounty. I urge you to consider the less fortunate during during the Advent and Christmas Season. As you think about the Providential prosperity provided to you and yours, please consider donating your time, food and dollars to the less fortunate. We have a great resource for giving in the Hibernian Charity, but we cannot give what we do not get. Please send your checks made out to Hibernian Charity with Hibernian Hunger on the memo line and send to:
PO Box 19325
New Orleans, LA 70179
Please donate food stuffs, blankets and socks to your parishes, missions, community food pantries, and other organizations that provide for the less fortunate. Many divisions support activities that gather and provide food for the poor. Division 18 in Peekskill, NY supports a Turkey Trot where members of the community, some dressed as turkeys, Christmas Ornaments, and pilgrims run loaded down with frozen turkeys – many non-runners just donate hundreds of pounds of turkey and nonperishable food items. The Monsignor Daniel J. Bourke Division 1 in Savannah, GA have a Turkey Trot where brothers “run” – maybe jog – up to missions, convents, food pantries, veterans’ homes and many other places that serve those in need dropping off turkeys and hams. These are only two examples of the many acts of kindness taken on by AOH and LAOH divisions across the country around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please let me know what your divisions are doing so we can share the good ideas around. Again, please consider the less fortunate in your prayers and activities around the holidays and thank you for all you do for the less fortunate.