Good Samaritan Fund
God works in mysterious ways. During recent confirmation classes we discussed how we would help others if we had the money to do so. Soon after the classes concluded, a generous donor gave us $10,000 to establish a Good Samaritan Fund. The donor’s only requirement is that we use the money to bring the second commandment to life by caring for our marginalized neighbors and encouraging them to do the same for others.
We called the confirmation class back together to lead our first project with a local elementary school with an underserved population. After meeting with the school principal, our youth decided to create “Project Night Night” kits for 84 first and second graders. Each kit contained a new pillow, pillowcase, fleece blanket, pajamas and two books. Our youth and mentors met to cut and tie blankets, cut and sew pillowcases and collect books. The project engaged the entire congregation, and many parishioners donated fabric, books, cash and time. The kits were blessed in church on a Sunday morning, and then delivered to the school that week.
This gift has energized St. Michael’s to serve our neighbors in new ways and has put feet on our faith. The youth will meet in early 2019 to explore possibilities for their next project.