July 11, 2012
If my 87 year old father could write via email, perhaps he would. He frequently gets mail from Sr. Michaela and feels badly when he can't contribute. He also gets annoyed at the frequency of the demands. He has tried to enclose notes asking for his name to be dropped because he is going broke (my mother is ill and in a nursing home), but they go unheaded. Another letter will arrive, stuffed with another "worry doll". I am a religious myself whose community also serves children all over the world, including the Philippines (in fact, we were there 5 years before Fr. Al). But my community is poor and doesn't have the resources to hire lay executives and fundraisers, let alone send out stamps and coins. I wish I could tell Sister Michaela that those doing the fund raising for this project are off the mark. I feel angry when I see letters from other organizations coming through the mail even with dollar bills! I think, if they send that to 10,000 people, that's $10,000! Religious communities like mine could never afford such a venture and I do believe it is a turn-off to donors and never more than now when so many people are hurting economically, out of work and so on. I couldn't blame them for taking and using the money and the stamps. My own mother never believed in such things and she would deposit the money in a container on the kitichen window ledge to be given to the local poor through the parish.
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