(from ONE magazine July 2006)
Beach Party Benefit
Posted: 26 Jul 2006
An orphanage in India will soon have clean water, thanks to the efforts of a school in Connecticut. Naomi Macari, a teacher at St. Lawrence School in Shelton, sponsors a young girl at St. Josephs Orphanage in Brahmakulam, Kerala. She learned that an orphanage in Kerala needed a water treatment system; the residents had become ill due to contaminated water. She was shocked to learn that the facility was St. Josephs, home to her sponsored child.
Mrs. Macari organized a schoolwide fund-raiser around a beach theme. Guessing the number of seashells in a jar, designing beach hats and beach towels and a scavenger hunt were all part of the fun. The week culminated in a Boardwalk on the Beach Party for family and friends. The school surpassed its goal, raising more than $11,000 with the help of an anonymous donor.
The students, Mrs. Macari said, not only enjoyed the activities, but witnessed their faith in action and experienced the joy that comes from helping those in need.