Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thank you, St. Paul's!

Some of the gorgeous windows at St. Paul's

The sanctuary at St. Paul's

The partners: Randa El gayar, Sally Carlson,
Sadoni Leon (Director of St. Vincent’s), Tom Landry II,
Kathy Korge Albergate, Scott Albergate,
Sonya Yencer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church–Lakeview

Meeting with Fr. Sadoni to discuss the future of St. Vincent's
(from left to right, Fr. Sadoni, Kathy, Tom)

Back in October, we announced our partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church-Lakeview (New Orleans, LA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana to help rebuild St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children School and Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As 2010 comes to a close and totals are tallied, we are thrilled with the first fruits of this partnership and excited for what this means for St. Vincent's.

Churches and parishioners from AR, AZ, CA, HI, LA, MA, MD, NJ, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, the UK, UT, VA, VT and WI have donated funds in excess of $33,000 to help send All Terrain Wheelchairs, canes, crutches, tarps and medical equipment to St. Vincent’s.

In addition to the donations mentioned above, some of the same churches and parishioners have donated to The Red Thread Promise to support Rivers of Hope orphanage in Haiti, ensuring that the little ones have food, clean water and the medical attention they need year-round. Their generosity goes farther still in support of the babies at Swallows Nest Children's Home in China, providing special needs orphans with spina bifida surgery, formula and ongoing medical care.

Small donations come together to form large donations that make a big difference in the lives of these exceptional children, from Haiti to China. If you are one of these donors, please give yourself a huge hug from all of us at The Red Thread Promise.

We also ask that you continue to keep us and St. Vincent’s in your thoughts and prayers. Our work there has only begun. Based on the request of Fr. Sadoni, Director of St. Vincent's, our resources have gone to supplies for the center. In time, we will focus on equipping their clinics and partnering to rebuild part of the facility.

In the meantime, we continue to raise funds and awareness for St. Vincent’s for wheelchairs ($325 each), equipment for the blind (approximately $20,000) and clinics, along with clean water and food on a regular basis. Quite a lofty goal, but we together can do it!

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