Catholic Care’s Gianna Project, which supports pregnant mums across the Leeds Diocese, has been extremely busy again this December with their Christmas Appeal, “When a Child is Born”.
Many of our Catholic schools have chosen this for their Christmas charity as it really appeals to the whole community. We talk to the children about the similarities to the Christmas story in that Mary & Joseph had housing issues prior to the birth of Jesus, a similar scenario for many of our families. Our faith tells us that Jesus had very little when he was born and the items we collect in the Moses baskets, which are left in schools during Advent, are then taken to the families. This we believe is similar to the Kings bringing gifts to the newborn baby Jesus.
We currently have 10 schools participating in this appeal, eight primaries and two high schools. Three of our Catholic churches have also introduced this appeal to their parishioners and the Moravian church in Little Horton, Bradford are supporting this as a way of reaching out to the wider church community.
As well as the “When a Child is Born” appeal we have several other schools collecting a variety of children’s toys & Christmas gifts. Some of these gifts will go to the older siblings of these newborn
babies we support.
We would like to extend our grateful thanks to each & every one of you for your generous gifts.