by Mirta Hernandez
As I teach my students about charity and sharing, right before Christmas break, we prepare our Sharing Sacks. I find fabric bags at the dollar store or buy burlap or some cheap fabric and make sacks. Parents will bring dollar-store items such as soap, lotion, brushes, combs, socks, gloves, scarves, plastic rain ponchos, even candy or cookies. We put them in the sacks and children write cards of prayers and tie them. We give them to the priests to give out to local homeless people.
The children learn about helping the less fortunate and the homeless people get a little help on Christmas. Our priest says that they are very happy and grateful.
Mirta Hernandez is a teacher at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville, TX.