We usually pick these boxes up at church on Ash Wednesday…of course, I forgot…so I remembered to get one today!
Inside the flattened box is a flyer…it explains exactly how the donations will be used to help hungry families around the word.
I had Aaron assemble the box, and we will probably find a central location… like the kitchen, to set it up.
How it Works~
We think of items we can sacrifice: like buying a movie on demand, candy at the store, Starbucks, anything “extra”… instead of spending the money on ourselves we put the money in the Rice Bowl Box. I think this program is an effective sacrifice because you can really “feel” what you are giving up.
Example~ Oh…. I really want to stop at the store and pick up snacks for my day at work…even though I’m not really hungry…and I only work for four hours…but I’m craving something salty…
Instead…I will take the three or four dollars that I would have spent at the store (truthfully… completely not needed) and put it to good use…helping others…instead of myself!
When you give to CRS Rice Bowl:
25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community.
75 percent of your donations support CRS’s humanitarian relief programs in 100 countries worldwide. ($10 provides a family with 2 weeks of food)
- Catholic Relief Services helps more than 100 million of the world’s poorest people each year.
- Nearly 13,000 parishes and schools across the United States participate in CRS Rice Bowl each Lent.
- Since 1975, Catholics have donated more than $200 million to help the poor through CRS Rice Bowl Source