December 28, 2010

Share a Gift of Charity

In light of the holiday season, our president and CEO, Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, recently appealed to Northeast Ohioans to join the Sisters of Charity Health System in service to the city of Cleveland and its people.

Her letter, provided in full below and published in an shorter version by The Plain Dealer on December 25, encourages readers to volunteer time, resources or support to the many worthy organizations in our city that can put it to use in wonderful ways.

Share a Gift of Charity
Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA
President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

“Christ has no body now on Earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours…” are words from Saint Theresa that inspire reflection, especially at this time of the year.

But how we can we move beyond reflection? Asking this question can be a positive and life-strengthening activity, as it is not a question without an answer.

Our congregation, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, has been humbly and quietly responding through our actions for the City of Cleveland and its people since we arrived here in 1851.

In the past century and a half, while other businesses, city leaders and sports teams have come and gone, and while the city has endured wars, depressions and recessions, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has remained steadfast in devotion to this great city and its people.

Our Sisters have tended the wounds of Civil War soldiers, healed the sick, offered spiritual healing at times of loss, comforted and educated orphans, pioneered a second chance for alcoholics, taught children to be the best they can be, provided a home for the homeless, and advocated for brighter futures and better care for all.

At our hospitals, we welcomed you as you arrived at birth, held the hands of your loved ones as they departed at death and, in between, done everything within our power to improve the quality of the life you live by caring for your physical body, your emotional health and your spiritual well-being.

For this work we seek no honors or recognition, but in light of our times we do have a simple request. This Christmas we ask for one gift. Join us.

Join us in service. Stand with us, the Sisters of Charity Health System and our many ministries, including St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Joseph’s Home in downtown Cleveland, as we advance our mission of healing on behalf of our beloved city and its people. Volunteer yourself in service of your neighbors and your city.

Join us to help to feed someone, shelter someone or share strength with someone. Lend your arms to someone whose are weak, speak up for someone who can’t be heard, volunteer your ideas and time to work to solve important problems, or share your wealth with any of the many worthy organizations in our city that can put it to use in wonderful ways.

This Christmas join the Sisters of Charity Health System as we answer Jesus’ call to light the way to a brighter future for all of the men, women and children who call Cleveland home.

In this spirit, we’ve collected a sampling of links to get you started toward your next service effort:

American Red Cross of Greater ClevelandBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater ClevelandCatholic CharitiesCleveland FoodbankCleveland MetroparksGreater Cleveland Habitat for HumanityHands On Northeast OhioJewish Federation of ClevelandJoseph’s HomePositively ClevelandRegina Health CenterSt. John Medical CenterSt. Vincent Charity Medical CenterUnited Way of Greater ClevelandVolunteer Center at Business Volunteers UnlimitedVolunteer Match

Share more ideas for local volunteerism in our comments section below, and this season join the Sisters of Charity Health System in lighting the way to a brighter future for everyone who calls Cleveland home.

For those who prefer to make donations, many of these organizations, including the Sisters of Charity Health System, accept gifts through their websites.

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