By Patricia Brintle
My parish of St. Luke in Whitestone has been generous to From Here to Haiti from the very beginning. The pastor, Monsignor John Tosi, helped fund our first project and donated countless statues that now adorn many churches in Haiti. This past Christmas, my parish came through again by adding From Here to Haiti, Ltd. to the St. Luke Annual Christmas Giving Tree run by the Disciples in Mission group. My coordinators were Judy Deangelis and Diane Cantatore. Thanks to them about ten parishes in Haiti received soccer balls, basket balls, tennis rackets, badminton sets and scooters. This past April, I visited St. Raymond School in Anse d’Hainault and had the pleasure of witnessing the fruits of the giving tree.
College St. Raymond is a school of about 500 students and stands half-way up a hill, overlooking the bay and surrounded by trees and because of its location, a constant breeze flows through the classrooms. We arrived as the recess bell rang and watched a flood of blue uniforms spring from each classroom. The children surrounded us and we soon realized that they already knew who we were. They thanked us for the gifts that were sent a couple of months earlier and showed us a couple of acrobatics on the scooter they had received, making sure to inform us that they were the only school in the area with one of those. I smiled, thanking in my heart the Disciples in Mission of Whitestone.
I cannot thank Monsignor Tosi and the parishioners of St. Luke enough for their support. Through their generosity they have made so many children – and adults – very happy.