by Pia Chedid, Volunteer in Brooklyn, NY
On this particular Saturday, our weekly visit to our friends at the nursing home seems to be a special one. Chloe, Laetitia and myself are bringing, together with our presence, a bag filled with envelopes. On each envelope there is the name of one of our friends. About sixty kids have chosen a friend for whom they have been praying during the Lenten time. As the envelopes are gradually opened, it all becomes a festival of colors: drawings made in markers or pencil, greeting cards, crafts ... it all becomes a wonderful gift to wish Happy Easter to our friends and bring them the joy of the Resurrected Christ.
Elba, a friend who speaks Spanish, receives a small handmade flower and an envelope with a nice card and a drawing. Her face lights up and her eyes fill with tears. She cannot believe that a kid would have taken the time to craft it especially for her. It’s a small gift, but it says a lot of the unique love by which she is loved. And this joy lasts long: when we come visit our friends again a week later, we see all the walls and bedside tables decorated with these little signs of the Risen Lord!
Carmen Laetitia, a friend from the Forth Green housing projects welcomes with great joy this “surprise guest.” Immediately, she hangs out the picture and the gift from her new friend on the sewing machine desk, where she works: "She will always stay here, with me. I don’t need to meet her personally to know she is my friend. I have a new friend now, mamma!”
- Rose Marie
- Carmen Laetitia hangs her gift
and a photo of her new friend on his workbench