Each year, through the generosity of FFHL supporters, Christmas gifts are distributed to over 900 children living in the Bethlehem area. Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago is now a “walled” city, a virtual prison. Yet, the light of Christ will not be extinguished. People of good will are reaching out in this time of need, and so His light continues to burn brightly.
“If you could see the smile on the faces of these children as they received their presents, you would well up with joy for them,” says Sr. Maria Grech, Director of the Franciscan Family Center. “It’s such a small gesture but an important one to the children of Bethlehem.
This program became a reality several years ago through the vision of Mrs. Faith Libbe, Regional Representative for the Franciscan Foundation in Casselberry, Florida. “To be able to give a gift that brings joy into a little child’s life at Christmas time and to see the smiles on their precious faces,” said Faith, “makes all the effort involved in raising these funds a true labor of love.”
Fr. Marwan, Principal of the Terra Sancta School in Bethlehem, is very appreciative of the support from U.S. Christians towards this Christmas program. “Giving gifts at Christmas is a joyful encounter but the gift of seeing the beaming eyes of these little marginalized children as they open their presents,” says Fr. Marwan, “is truly a gift from God.”
As you sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” this Christmas season, please consider sharing the love and joy of Christmas by participating in the “Bethlehem Christmas Program.”