Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and supporters! Every year in November we stop to reflect on how thankful we are for all of you. Through your generosity and dedication, we are able to change the lives of our children in Haiti, and a simple thank you does not begin to convey the depth of our gratitude.
This morning we received an update from Jane Murphy, our volunteer in Haiti. She told us that our youngest addition has been given a new name. Baby Andnerson is now Maximus (Max) Quinn Titus. Here we’d like to share with you Jane’s updates on our loved ones at the Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Home.
“Max, our new baby is doing well. He had his first fever that lasted only a day, but everything is well. He stands up when he holds your hands by the pinky fingers, started to rollover and sits up. He looks super fat in the picture, but he’s just one of those babies whose pictures don’t do him justice weight wise. His name is Maximus Quinn Titus even though he doesn’t have a birth certificate yet and is a very smily baby.
Gaelle, Jozna and Emerson had their birthdays. Gaelle and Jozna blew out the first birthday candles of their lives and yes, Widson was very jealous. He took Gaelle’s Sorry game that she got for her birthday and tried to run out the door with it, thinking no one would see. Jozna got Beanie Babies and a small purse. They came over to the volunteer house on Saturday afternoon and watched Space Jam as their birthday celebration and I made them Funfetti cake. Emerson came over today and he got a secret spy Toy Story kit with brand new sneakers. He loved the sneakers and asked if he could wear them right away. Widson also tried to swipe the sneakers before Emerson could get them on his feet. He cried but settled for my black flip flops as a good trade to walk around the house in. Sentia was also over and found a sticker book. I went over to see what she was doing just to see her decorating her face with stickers.
In other news, we are preparing for Thanksgiving. We have so many reasons to be grateful for…
God bless and happy Thanksgiving everybody!”
Share on Facebook
As we thank you for your past help and generous donations for the people of Haiti we have another serious crisis in the Philippines.
As you have seen on recent news reports, typhoon Haiyan was more than three and a half times as strong as hurricane Katrina. Haiyan is said to be the strongest storm to make landfall in recorded history. The devastation is unfathomable. 9.7 million people have been affected by this tragic storm. Electricity is down, buildings are in ruins, hospitals are flooded, and infrastructure has been decimated. The death toll is expected to be in the thousands. Countless more have been left injured and homeless with no one to turn to for help.
Croatian Relief Services cannot look the other way. We have opened our hearts with your help in past tragedies, especially in Haiti, and we are again challenged to open our hearts to help the most needy and desperate people of the Philippines.
We are asking for monetary donations so that we can mobilize aid to those in most need. We are in contact with the Catholic church in Philippines and are preparing to send clothing, medicine and much needed toiletries to various parts of the affected area.
Through your generosity, we can help the missionaries in the Philipinnes provide immediate assistance in the form of food, water, and shelter. Many organizations are currently mobilizing aid, but as we have learned time and again, donations do not always clear the bureaucratic red tape to reach the needy in time. When you make a donation through Croatian Relief Services, 100% of your donations will reach those affected by this disaster. Your generosity will help spare the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from further pain or suffering as they begin to recover from this traumatic event.
Croatian Relief Services is ready and eager to assist in recovery efforts, but we need you with us. I implore you to call forth the mercy and compassion taught by Jesus himself to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Through your generosity and compassion, we can begin to repair the catastrophic damage that Haiyan has wrought on the people of the Philippines.
Fr. Giordano Belanich
Croatian Relief Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 355
Fairview, NJ 07022
Share on Facebook