Only if I serve my neighbour can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me. - Pope Benedict XVI
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Diocese of Monterey

June 8, 2014 | Sacred Heart Church

HOMELESS CHILDREN NEED OUR HELPLittle John, the third grader, pulled on a pair of new white socks and said, “Oh, these feel soooo good!” The outreach worker from the school district smiled back at him. In Monterey County, there are 5, 865 children, in grades Kinder through 12, who experience homelessness. A March, 2014 census found 2,240 of those children, in the 13 elementary schools of the Salinas City chool District. The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Act defines homelessness as :  Lacking a fixed, regular, and/or adequate nighttime residence, sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds, living in emergency or transitional shelters, living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings, awaiting foster care placement, living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live.

Peg Stanford, one of our concerned parishioners, heard this story and these statistics and asked if we, as a parish, could do something to alleviate some of the misery. “Why don’t we collect new socks and underwear for these kids?” she asked. We agreed it was a good idea. During the summer months of June and July, there will be laundry baskets in the front entry to the church for you to drop off your packets of socks and underwear. Any children’s sizes, girls or boys, will do. Everything will go to those who need them. It’s a simple, shared act of charity to make our community a more compassionate place.

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