Thursday, March 16, 2006
Walking (In Spirit) With the Hungry in New Orleans
On April 22, the annual Walk for the Hungry will go on as scheduled in New Orleans even though the city has a long way to recover from the damage inflicted by Katrina. This was supposed to be a special year for the walk. Carmelite Sister Jane Remson , the moving force behind the New Orleans Chapter of Bread for the World, had organized a series of activites to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the event, which has raised money for countless of agencies that help the poor in one of the country's most impoverished cities.
The special 25th anniversary activities have been cancelled, but the walk will still take place. How could it not? Even though many people who would have benefited from the funds raised by the walk were evacuated from the city and have not returned, the needs are even greater for many of the residents those who stayed behind or returned. I thought about making a special trip to my former hometown of New Orleans to join in the walk.
Alas, I won't be there physically because of scheduling and logistical reasons. But I will send in a donation, so I can "walk" in spirit with Sister Jane and all the folks who will be taking part in this event. Please join in me in this "walk..." by sending a donation or even just keeping Bread for the World New Orleans and the people of New Orleans in your prayers on April 22. "Please join us in prayers, support and in solidarity or in whatever you can help us on this day," says Carmelite Sister Helen Ojario.
[Note: Donations can be sent to: New Orleans Bread for the World, Loyola University New Orleans, Campus Box 907, New Orleans, LA 70118]