CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
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 SMILES
ON THE FACES OF THESE CHILDREN
AS THEY RECEIVED THEIR PRESENTS,
YOU WOULD WELL UP WITH JOY FOR THEM.”
Each year, through the generosity of FFHL supporters, Christmas gifts are distributed to over 900 children living in the Bethlehem area. Also included in the Program is entertainment for the children via a musical Christmas show. One can see by the photos, the joy on these children’s faces
“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
MAKES ALL THE EFFORT INVOLVED
IN RAISING THESE FUNDS
A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE.”
Fr. Marwan, Principal of the Terra Sancta School in Bethlehem and Director of the Franciscan Boys Home 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.”
This program has been supported by many of the Catholic faithful in the Orlando region and headed up by Mrs. Faith Libbe, Regional Representative for FFHL. Each year Mrs. Libbe and her committee travel to homes and parishes throughout their region raising funds for this wonderful event, an event which brings joy to so many children whose lives have been devoid of happiness due to difficult economic woes.