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Agency seeks donations to help kids start school with new shoes.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) announced plans today that it’s expanding its Kicks for Kids program to buy school shoes for children affected by the 2016 floods and asks for community support to students start school on the right foot. The expansion will put the program’s budget in the red, and the agency is asking for donations to make up the difference.
Since 2007, Catholic Charities Kicks for Kids has paired up with area churches, Payless Shoe Source and to collect funds to buy new school shoes for 6,000 children. All of the families receiving shoe vouchers are current or former clients of Catholic Charities. However, the agency spokesman says the need is growing every year as CCDBR expands the geographic range and client groups included in the drive.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, family members, Catholic Charities and volunteers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church were on hand to greet an Iraqi family of 5 as they arrived at the Baton Rouge airport to join other family members CCDBR resettled last year.
“In today’s world, service to the poor often means helping people from around the globe, said David Aguillard, a parishioner at Aloysius and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “We live our Christian faith and Catholic tradition when we welcome them as members of our single human family, house them, and help them become our new neighbors.”
“This is nothing new for Aloysius,” continued Aguillard. “We’ve done the same for other families in past years, helping Catholic Charities house and welcome refugees when they first arrive no matter where they’re from.”
Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Joseph Cathedral will host their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The procession begins at St. Joseph Cathedral, travels a 14-station route throughout the State Capitol grounds, returning to the steps of the Cathedral.
The Way of the Cross is a symbolic pilgrimage highlighting the suffering of Christ in the world today through the poor, abandoned, abused, ill and homeless. It is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge faith community to come together for a day of united prayer.
Check out this video from the 2010 Way of the Cross.
The refugee process is complicated and confusing, even for people entrenched in this work. That, coupled with rumor, may cause people to question this work. We have complied a list of answers to questions below that you might have.