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St. James to hold lasagna dinner fundraiser for Haiti

— All are invited to St. James' Haiti lasagna dinner, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Church Hall. The dinner includes lasagna, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverages, including wine. Macaroni and cheese is an option. The prices are: $8 for adults (13+), $4 for children, and/or $25 for a family.

Twelve years ago, along with other churches and foundations, St. James Church committed to “twin” with St. Ives Parish in Thibeau, Haiti, and agreed to support their community. The many successes include: developing methodology skills with the teachers, planting a demonstration/community garden in front of the church, sending more than 200 pairs of sneakers for the students, conducting classes in adult education at the Kara Hood Center, obtaining library books and musical instruments and acquiring a grant from the sisters of St. Joseph for a nursing scholarship for a St. Ives student.

The word twinning implies a coming together in a close relationship. The two parishes are joined in their search for an ever-deepening faith and in their struggle to free themselves from the chains of poverty.

In an effort to break the cycle of poverty and dependence, education has been a central concern for the Haiti committee at St. James. They have focused on the teachers of St. Joseph’s School, providing training, books and classroom supplies, teaching supplies, teaching aids, playground funding and a safe water system for the school. The school has reported a good year with 93 percent passing, and for the second time the school has won the Academic Genius Contest in which 16 schools participated. These results are significant when 80 percent of the parents can neither read nor write.

In addition to the lasagna dinner, each year loyal committee members have worked on the fundraising projects of the Haiti yard sale, the selling of cards created by Haitians, the scholarship appeal and the individual donation gifts.

One hundred percent of all funds raised go toward aid for Haiti.

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