At our PINIFE sponsor site in Peru, “Christmas is an important day for families, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus and have the Holy Family of Nazareth as their model,” describes the site staff. 2021’s celebrations centred around St. Joseph, as we came to the end of the special year dedicated to our universal patron.
The site staff organized an online day of reflection for each of the 22 Chalice family circles, held from December 6 to 20th. “These celebrations were very well received by the families, especially by the parents that learnt a little more about St. Joseph and they committed themselves to live the sacred family of Nazareth’s virtues at home as well as to instill in their children the values of love, respect, responsibility and reconciliation.” Sponsored children submitted videos to share. They sang Christmas carols, offered Christmas messages and poems.
Meanwhile, field workers and the committees of the 22 family circles organized themselves to deliver food baskets.
Thanks to everyone who donated to Chalice’s Christmas fund, each sponsored child and their family received a sweet panettone Christmas bread, 4 large milk cans, peaches, chocolate, hot cocoa, and oats.
“The sponsored children’s families were very happy and grateful, because they had these products to eat at home as a family and by doing this, family unity, sharing, [and] joy are promoted. Above all they felt accompanied by other families that help without expecting anything in turn.”
And the staff and committees did not stop there.
“Each member of a family circles donated a staple showing solidarity with families going through difficult times due to the pandemic, the elderly and migrant families were benefited,” explains the PINIFE staff. “The members of the different committees were in charge of distributing the solidarity baskets to each beneficiary family.”
A total of 22 families received a special hamper. “This experience was very significant because the sense of solidarity was raised and the fact of care for neighbors’ need in stringent times.”