In the Spirit of Lent
Brothers go door-to-door to collect food for needy
Spearville -- Anthony, Simeon, Augustine, and Nicholas Frasco, sons of Tony and Elizabeth Frasco, took to the sidewalks recently to collect food for Manna House in Dodge City.
“Trying to help children get into the Lenten spirit, I often use the three pillars of prayer, fasting, and alms giving,” explained Elizabeth. Their Lenten checklist included: 1) Prayer: a chaplet of Divine Mercy and three extra Hail Mary’s 2) Fasting: no desserts or television 3) Alms Giving....
“How could they help the poor? My husband chimed in about a canned food drive the school is having. ... A good idea, but I want it to affect them personally.”
Elizabeth and Tony came up with an idea that would serve those in need and allow the children to take a personal interest.
“We decided that they could walk the neighborhood and beg for non-perishable items for the poor, kind of like St. Francis of Assisi,” Elizabeth said.
“This idea was effective for a number of reasons, but the top was the reaching out to those in our neighborhood and giving them a chance to give too.
“Also, our children will get the opportunity to deliver the cans to the Manna house themselves and see how useful their little bit of effort on a Saturday morning can be.
“If you are looking for a ‘canned Lent’ for your children, look no further than your own neighborhood.”
Editor’s Note: June and July are typically months in which Manna House has the greatest need. Elizabeth encouraged people to consider a “Christmas in June/July” canned food collection for Manna House or your local agency.