Christmas season at the Little Sisters of the Poor is a time when we come together with our families, friends, and benefactors to celebrate the blessed birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas trees and nativity sets adorn every floor of our home. Carolers walk through the halls bringing Christmas cheer to the Residents, especially those who are bedbound. The auditorium overflows with Christmas joy through Christmas parties, plays, and entertainment. Civic groups and families join together to give the Residents gifts of clothing, treats, and other sundries.
Observing Christmastime at the Jeanne Jugan Center is like unwrapping a beautiful miracle one day at a time as we experience the kindness and generosity of hundreds of “Christmas Angels” who show us the true meaning of the holiday season. One particular gift came wrapped in a box with the words “Little Sisters of the Poor Christmas Kitty, Remember our Elderly Poor” written on the top. Upon opening the box, hundreds of one-dollar bills spilled out onto the table.
To our wonderment, we learned that one of our “Christmas Angels” – Ray Ramos who is the owner of Master’s Touch barbershop – wrapped a box with Christmas paper, cut a hole in the top, and placed it on his counter to collect money for the Little Sisters. With every haircut, he put a dollar in the Kitty and challenged his customers to do the same. While many patrons matched Ray’s challenge, others upped the ante by several dollars.
We are truly grateful for all of our “Christmas Angels” who gave to the Little Sisters of the Poor during this most blessed time of year, for we could not provide for our elderly poor without your generous gifts. From those who have been part of our family for many years – to those who quietly slipped a dollar bill into the “Christmas Kitty,” we thank you all!