Your Kingdom Come!
|The girls raised the money and had fun doing it.|
Miracles happen…right here in Providence, Rhode Island.
This past Friday, 62 Rhode Island and Massachusetts teens met
with youngsters from inner city Providence for a day of
adventure, friendship, and pizza at the Providence Children’s Museum. The
Rhode Island Challenge Club, part of Catholic Youth World Network,
an international association of young people on fire for their
Catholic faith who desire to imbue society with Christian values,
hosted an activity called “Make Dreams Come True”. At
around 4:55 on April 19, teenagers with bright orange T-shirts
and blue jeans began to trickle into the museum, and
by 5:10 the place was teeming with girls anxiously awaiting
the arrival of the younger children from Providence. The
Challenge Club had been planning this activity since the beginning
of March. A lot of behind-the-scenes preparation went into
making this day possible.
Guided by the consecrated women of
Regnum Christi, the girls were responsible for raising the funds
necessary for the activity. Teams from Rhode Island (Narragansett,
North Kingston, Cranston, Smithfield, Uxbridge, Scituate, Webster) and Massachusetts (Worcester)
competed to see who could raise the most money.
When Catlyn, a sixth grader from North Kingston, first heard
about the competition in her club meeting, she and her
team jumped up immediately and went fundraising door to door
in their neighborhood. Here is the catch: Catlyn
was so excited that she forgot to put on her
shoes! A myriad of other inventive ideas ensued from
the remaining teams including raffles, bake sales, a dance, and
even cleaning houses. Each team met their goal!
gathered Saturday, April 13, for a general session in Warwick,
Rhode Island, to share fundraising tips, cheers, and receive all
the practical information they would need to know for the
big day of April 19. When the clock struck
5:15 on the anticipated day, Challenge Club Rhode Island was
ready to give a group of underprivileged kids from Providence
a day they would never forget. The bus from
Providence rolled in, each girl took one child by the
hand, and together they went off to explore the museum
and get to know one another.
|There is more joy in giving than in receiving.|
Sarah, a 12-year-old
club member from Narragansett, had a great experience. After the
day was over she said, “It was fun playing with
them at the museum. [It] Made me feel good
because they were so happy when we were playing with
them. I was there to make them happy.”
Rachel, a 15-year-old club member from Scituate had a similar
experience and said, “We had fun, too, because you’re never
too old to play.”
This July the girls and children
will reunite for a summer day camp. In the meantime,
however, Challenge members like Alicia has exchanged addresses with new
friends like Roxanne so they can keep in contact.
This activity was a huge success. The girls experienced
the joy of giving while helping make other’s dreams come