Santiago de Chile, 08/29/14, (Sodalit News – Chile). Solidarity in Action of Chile held “Youth Solidarity Day”, in which young people and adults from Mother of the Apostles Parish went house to house encouraging their neighbors’ generosity. As a family, the parish went around collecting nonperishable food items for the poor who live close by.
In Chile the month of August is known as the “month of solidarity”, and it is also the month in which the feast of St. Alberto Hurtado, a popular Chilean saint, is celebrated. Many members of Mother of the Apostles Parish, together with Solidarity in Action of Chile, put together “Youth Solidarity Day” during which members of the parish went out house to house asking for food donations for those most in need.
The goal of this activity was to collect nonperishable food items to help out the poor living within the parochial territory. This was the fifth annual Youth Solidarity Day, which gathers together generous volunteers every year who offer up their day to go out to the streets and help the cause. The volunteers were well received by the many households they went to and were impressed with the show of love and kindness for those most in need.
Karen Diaz Lizama, one of the volunteers, shared her own experience of collecting food for the poor saying that it was, “very fulfilling because you ask for food that isn’t for you. So, every time a door is opened – even just the door being opened – gives you hope that they will contribute something that can help others.” She added that the activity, “turned out to be a lot of fun because we were surrounded by friends and because we were all excited to go out and collect food. I would definitely do it again.”
“It was an important event for me,” says Andres Hernandez, who participated for the second time, “I love being involved in these things, helping the parish and the poor.” Hernandez also emphasized, “the show of support from these people and their positive response; this is what makes the experience so gratifying, along with being constantly in the presence of God.”