Caritas Manila, the social services and development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila, will have the “75 Days of Charity,” in solidarity with His Holiness Pope Francis’ announcement of the first ever World Day of the Poor in November
The 75 Days of Charity will run today, September 5, 2017 which is the International Day of Charity up to the World Day of the Poor on November 19, 2017.
“So that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need. For the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity,” said Pope Francis’ in his message for the first World Day of the Poor.
For Caritas Manila, it can be done in several ways. First, by filling can of charities. Under this program, giving and helping the poor is made easier through the deployment of drop cans (alkansyas) to offices and /or to public places like in the canteen, cashier or lobby. People can then drop bills or coins in the can to share with those in need. The cans will be distributed on September 5 and will be collected at the end of the 75 Donation Day Challenge.
Second is by supporting the Segunda Mana Donations-in-kind program wherein pre-loved items such as apparel, footwear, bags, accessories, furniture, and appliances that just take up spaces at home will be sold at Segunda Mana Charity Outlets. Proceeds of Segunda Mana help sustain the Caritas Manila flagship Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP), which focuses on education for the underprivileged youth, supporting 5,000 scholars nationwide.
One can also join the challenge by educational sponsorship through Caritas Manila’s YSLEP. Make a lasting difference in the lives of poor but deserving youth and their family by helping them get a college or vocational-technical education with a donation of P25,000 per year.
Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual encourages the public to be part of the 75 Days of Charity.
“I hope that individuals, companies, homeowners and condominium associations, schools, parishes, and other socio-civic and religious organizations to show their love to the poor, not just in words, but also in deeds. Let us all help the poor help themselves through the 75 Days of Charity,” Fr. Pascual said.
To know more about Caritas Manila, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph. For your donations, please call our DonorCare lines 563-9311, 564-0205, 0999-7943455, 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857.