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Christmas projects around the Order’s world

A glance at some of the festivities for our guests

London, 24 December 2015

Candlelight, London, December 2015

Candlelight, London, December 2015

As well as our extended projects to help those in need – such as the eighty units offering community care and first aid in Ireland, the Holy Family Hospital in Palestine, the wide range of activities in France, Germany and Spain for the homeless and the disabled, the extensive work for the poor and the Roma in Hungary and Romania, the prison ministry in the United States, the AIDs hospice in Africa, here below are just some among the many festive plans for our guests at Christmastide.

In Lithuania we run a ‘Malta soup at Christmas’ campaign and fundraiser in many cities, in Malta we organise parties for disadvantaged children, in Rome we give Christmas dinner to the homeless – now so popular that there are always three sittings, in New York and Los Angeles, the homeless enjoy Christmas treats and festive food, in Cuba where we provide 800,000 meals annually to Elderly Support Centres, Christmas is a festivity of traditional pork and black beans, in Bolivia, the Order’s Embassy and Association support special Christmas dinners – the local ‘picana’ for orphans in Santa Cruz and elderly in La Paz -and provide toys for poor children in El Alto. In Lebanon, the cradle of Christianity, many activities are underway to prepare a joyous Christmas for the children at the cerebral palsy centre in Bhannes, to decorate the homes of disadvantaged elderly in Ain El Remmaneh, and for the Youth Group to offer a Christmas Camp Weekend at Chabrouh for underprivileged children. And in London, a special party features festive food and crackers, and Christmas ‘goody bags’ for our homeless soup kitchen guests.

These are just some of the ways Order members and volunteers work to ease the pain of their lives for thousands of society’s marginalised, at time in the year when their needs are very great. 
Photo: Stephanie Kalber

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