Are you looking for a movement to get behind? OneLife LA needs your support. We’re joining forces with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Missions Office and Los Angeles Catholic schools to support Ecuador in light of the devastating earthquake.
During an event with nearly 200 students at Our Lady of Loretto School (TK-8), the Archdiocese of Los Angeles kicked off “Aid for Ecuador,” a fundraiser led by Catholic school and religious education students to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador.
During the event at Our Lady of Loretto School, representatives of each classroom collected money in a piggy bank and second graders interpreted the song “We can make a difference.” The entire student body dedicated a special prayer for those affected by the earthquake and local Ecuadorians who lost family members during the earthquake shared their testimonials.
Monsignor Terrance Fleming, executive director of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Mission Office, launched the “Aid for Ecuador” campaign calling students in schools throughout the Archdiocese to contribute to this initiative.
“In this Year of Mercy, let us come together as ‘one family in mission’ to aid our brothers and sisters in Ecuador,” said Msgr. Fleming. “Let us be generous with our financial and spiritual giving.”
The “Aid for Ecuador” fundraising campaign is a joint effort through the Mission Office and the Missionary Childhood Association, the official papal agency for the collection and distribution of funds for children and their underprivileged peers around the world. An anonymous donor has pledged to match each dollar raised up to $100,000, which will be collected by the Mission Office. One hundred percent of the funds collected will be distributed based on the recommendation of Sister Cindy Sullivan, BVM, Director of the Center for Working Families in Quito, Ecuador.
The fundraiser is expected to include 80,000 Catholic elementary, secondary school children and religious education students in unique fundraising events held at their respective campuses through May 6. A special collection will take place this weekend, April 29-May 1, at parishes throughout the Archdiocese.
The public is invited to support the students in their efforts to help the victims of the Ecuador earthquake by donating at Missions LA. Donations can also be made with a check payable to “Missionary Childhood Association-Ecuador Emergency Relief Fund” and mailed to:
Missionary Childhood Association – Aid for Ecuador
Archdiocese of Los Angeles Mission Office
3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010
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