Every year during Lent, Pre-K through 8th grade students at
Saints Cyril and Methodius School in Deer Park participate in the Lenten
Rice Bowls program, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services.
School Community Helpers distribute cardboard “Rice Bowls” to the
student body, offering them a wonderful opportunity to practice their
Christian Lenten responsibility of giving alms to those in need.
Students collect spare change from parents and family and give of their
own allowance or earnings. The money collected is sent to Catholic
Relief Services, where funding is used to feed, clothe and shelter those
in need around the world.
SSCM students give big every year, of
their own, and there’s no doubt about it, their giving changes lives
throughout the world. If a student donates $1.00 a day during the 40
days of Lent, that $40.00 will provide one month of food for a family,
two years worth of seeds for a farmer and three months of clean water
for four families.
As we come to the end of the Easter season,
perhaps the generosity of children is a good reminder that Lent is not
the only time when giving means the world to those in need.