It is apple-picking time. This means that the Migrant Farm Workers are in the area to pick apples; in particular, in the area of Lexington, Missouri. These families deal with many hardships as they travel from one location to another, across the country, to harvest apples and other fruit and vegetables according to the growing seasons. These workers spend long hours in the orchards and take pride in their work. Their families suffer, though, due to the moving to so many locations throughout the year. Children do not have the opportunity to stay in one school for very long, making it difficult to make friends and to do well in school. Health care is almost impossible to attain for these families.
Help is available to these families through the Migrant Farm Workers Project, which is sponsored by Legal Aid of Missouri. Local churches and other organizations are a part of the Project. They help to provide food, coats, backpacks, and other items of need to the families of the Migrant Farm Workers. St. Sabina Catholic Church in Belton, Missouri, is one of the churches that assists in this effort. A collection is being made, presently, of beans and rice. Donations are accepted on Sunday, September 22, and Monday morning, September 23, 2013. They will be delivered to Lexington, Missouri, on Monday afternoon. Other items of need are gently-used children's coats and blankets.
If you would like to make a donation of rice, beans, coats, or blankets, they can be delivered to St. Sabina Catholic Church at 700 Trevis in Belton, Missouri, prior to Monday noon, September 23, 2013. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Matthew 25: 35 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore and Sons, Inc.).