A Friend in Jesus


Written by Clare
7th grade student
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in downtown Orlando encourages people to bring in things for the homeless and needy. This year, 5th graders at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School were eager to comply with their Lenten almsgiving obligation. To help the community during the season of Lent, the children did a fulfilling class project. They prepared Lenten bags destined to families in need.


Each 5th grader filled a bag with soaps, tooth brushes, pens, pencils, crayons, candy, and games. Also, each bag contained a card created by the students. These cards give hope and the assurance of God’s love to those who will receive the Lenten bags. The cards also reminded the families of God’s gifts in the upcoming Easter Season and how he is always with them. Instead of each student signing their name, each card contains this phrase, “A friend in Jesus”.  The bags were distributed among 50 homeless families on Sunday, March 23.