CANADA—Thousands of people from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa; Toronto; Edmonton; and Vancouver, British Columbia benefited from the Aid to Humanity events held from May 19 to 26, 2019.
The charitable arm of the Church Of Christ—Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation—organized the events, with the assistance of brethren from the seven ecclesiastical districts of Canada who participated.
Brother Rod Bruno, minister of the gospel, said that this is in compliance with God’s will: “The FYM Foundation coordinated with agents that help in shelters or for the less fortunate to bring many of those people here today, to give them goodwill packages … to help in some small way for our fellowmen as we were taught through the Scripture.”
The preparation for the series of outreach activities included the holding of devotional prayers of the brethren, the needed correspondence with charitable institutions, and the distribution of invitations.
Recipients from the said cities were handed out care packages containing food, hygiene items, and even toys for kids. Charity institutions received monetary donations ranging from US$ 1,000 to 2,000.
Stephanie Connolly, Executive Director of Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative, one of the charitable institutions that benefited from the outreach, said, “This donation today by the Church Of Christ is not only supporting moms to have that social support but $1,500 is actually enough to provide a grocery stipend which we provide all our moms to a family of five for a whole year. And that food security increases the family’s well-being by so much.”
The Canadian government recognized the Church’s humanitarian efforts. Senator Dennis Glen Patterson, expressed, “I’m very pleased to bring greetings from the government of Canada and to congratulate you on your program, your outreach to the homeless and those living in shelter as part of your Aid to Humanity Project.”