|Patrick Metts, a co-worker from Atlanta, enjoying a moment with a young friend|
Washington, D.C. December 12, 2007. High school students can do
great things when they unite for a common ideal. The
young men and young women who participate in the Leadership Training Program and who lead local Challenge clubs
in the Washington area put together two Angel for a
Day activities for inner city children with a wide array
of activities, gifts, and special guests.
The first event, held at
the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in downtown Baltimore, welcomed
150 kids from Baltimore’s inner city Catholic schools. Thirty youth
from the high school served as volunteers, putting on skits
about the true meaning of Christmas and give out over
400 gifts to parents in the “Secret Santa shop,” where
parents could discreetly enter, pick out a gift for each
child, and get it wrapped on site.
Fun activities for
the kids included family photo ops in the live manger
scene, with a real donkey, goat, and sheep provided by
Holy Rosary parish. There were inflatable moon bounces and carnival
style games galore.
|NFL Baltimore Ravens player Nick Greisen with some young charges.|
Special guests included Baltimore Ravens NFL player Nick
Greisen, who signed autographs, played with the kids, and spoke
about what Christmas means to him. St. Nicholas appeared on
the scene to pass out bibles and candy canes.
these special opportunities were provided thanks to the fundraising efforts
of a high school team from Towson, MD, which raised
$3,000 dollars for the activities.
On Saturday, December 15, the teams
will put on a similar event at the Catholic University
of America for over 400 kids from area schools. Auxiliary
Bishop Holley from the diocese of Washington will visit, a
pro-chastity high school girls’ choir called Best Friends will
perform Christmas carols, and the day will end with a
Marian rosary procession to the National Shrine.
Sometimes the success
|St. Nicholas brings joy and Bibles to kids.|
of an event is measured by the little things. At
the end of the day, as they were cleaning up,
a woman came back in and asked if she could
exchange a few of the gifts she had picked for
something more age appropriate for her children. As they helping
her, she said, “I just have to tell you guys
what a great day this was for me. I just
had my third child two weeks ago, and as a
single mother I have been really down lately. Today really
lifted me up. Thank you!”
That was all they needed
to hear to know that the day was a success.
more information about the Leadership Training Program in the Washington,
DC area, contact Regional Director Danny Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.