A sock monkey peers over the top of a fleece blanket, rolled up and tied with a pink ribbon. Children scream with delight as they scramble for a seat playing musical chairs. Free hot dogs, coffee and cookies tempt browsing parents as they choose from the many handmade and gently used blankets, jackets and other items at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Mission’s Children’s Day. The church, located in Ash Fork, Arizona, 54 miles west of Flagstaff and 50 miles north of Prescott, is playing host to Blankets 4 Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that collects and distributes blankets, scarves and hats to needy families in the Prescott area.
The brainchild of Ron Campbell of Prescott, Blankets 4 Kids serves organizations throughout the surrounding areas, including Head Start, Women’s Shelters, Pregnancy Centers, Police and Sheriff’s Departments and local churches to name a few. Blankets, hats and scarves are collected from drop-off points throughout Prescott and Chino Valley, see http://blankets4kids.org/dropboxes.html for a complete listing.
Volunteers collect, clean and sort donations. Children’s blankets are “packaged” with a stuffed toy and other “surprises” tucked away inside. One little boy’s face lit up when he opened his hand crocheted rainbow colored blanket and pulled out a soft yellow hat and scarf, just the right size to keep him warm next winter.
Two young men from Brooklyn, New York set out to find out what it means to live the gospel in misery and poverty. From the homeless in New York, to the forgotten orphans of Peru, to modern day leper colonies in Africa, we are presented with the powerful drama that is “the rest of the world”. The masses living on the outskirts of the comfort zone that we know as modern daily life.
The creators of The Human Experience attempt “By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, (to) show viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.”
This award winning documentary is brought to us by Grassroot Films, which also produced Fishers of Men, to inspire vocations to priestly service and God in the Streets of New York City. Grassroots Films strives to “make great films that inspire true change”. The Human Experience has won over 30 awards since its release last year and emphasizes this year’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development theme: Fight Poverty. Defend Human Dignity.
A truly inspiring film for private or group viewing, highly recommended by Catholic Traveller’s A Simple Catholic.