GRAND BANK, NL – Imagine giving chickens, goats and ducks as a Christmas gift.
That is exactly what Sunday school children at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Grand Bank did last Sunday.
Over the past year, members of the congregation have been offering their coins to the children each Sunday for a charity of their choice.
This year, the students decided to send the $1,055 they raised to “World of Gifts,” sponsored by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).
Priest-in-charge the Rev. Bob Peddle explained this is a unique program.
“This is a ‘hands-on’ gift approach to development through PWRDF. The children choose their own gifts to offer. This is what makes it so special,” he said.
Students used $40 of their funds to supply 40 chickens to provide eggs and meat to a needy community, $120 for four goats to supply milk and $60 for 30 ducks to supply meat and eggs for families, especially pregnant women.
The rest of their funds were targeted to such things as special delivery kits for babies, seeds for farmers, food supplements for malnourished children, vaccination clinics, medical kits, hunger relief and suicide prevention.
Peddle noted the children’s donation of $1,055 will become $4,185 thanks to matching funds through Global Affairs Canada and the federal government.
On behalf of the students, Sunday school superintendent Wanda Power thanked the congregation “for your little bit of change every week.
“We are learning to help less fortunate children and people around the world.”