Recently a parishioner with a long history of advocating for indigenous issues (Dave Gordon) received a desperate appeal from Jennifer Manitowabi, Vice Principal of Eenchokay Birchstick School in the remote Ontario native reservation of Pikangikum. She told of over 70 students in elementary and high school who did not have proper winter clothing – this meant they could not even go out to recess in the cold, let alone to go on the land to learn indigenous cultural ways.
Our parish of All Saints King City, along with several others, rose to the occasion and as of this week All Saints themselves had raised nearly $6,000 to help clothe these children. In the coming weeks we will be shipping 49 new coats, 33 new snow pants, and 22 pairs of new boots, plus 34 pairs of new heavy mittens. In addition, we have received a large number of gently used coats, snow pants, hats and mitts to send to this remote and needy community. FREE transport has been arranged by Rotary Club’s “Honouring Indigenous People” program. The transport truck will also be shipping collected hockey equipment to this community. Jennifer and her kids are thrilled with the response, and we are very pleased to be of help.
All Saints continues to raise money for the reservation’s water project as well. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth spoke about the very relevant Gospel in Luke 3 in which a number of people come to John the Baptist after being baptized asking “what should we do then?” and John answers, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” “My life is in God and God’s life is in me,” she said. “We are blessed and we respond – and we have”.
Submitted by Patrick Gossage