Give the Gift of Life this Christmas

Give the Gift of Life this Christmas

Photo courtesy of Episcopal Relief and Development

Each Christmas season, the clergy and staff at St. Peter’s Church exchange holiday gifts. But this year, we will give a gift of a different sort—a gift to fight poverty, hunger and disease worldwide.

Instead of purchasing gifts for one another, we decided to contribute and make a group donation to Episcopal Relief and Development, an agency of The Episcopal Church that helps people who are suffering around the world. Perhaps we will purchase a goat for a family in Kenya, clean water for a woman in Nicaragua, or immunizations for children in India.

Episcopal Relief and Development’s mandate comes from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25:

Lord, when was it that
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
—Matthew 25: 37-40 (NRSV)

This season, please consider alternative Christmas giving at your office or holiday gatherings. You can make a gift through Episcopal Relief and Development online here.





Lauri Cielo serves as the Director of Communications and Development at St. Peter's Church.

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