Torrance, CA (April 11, 2017): This Easter season, Bishop Montgomery's Concordia Club has "adopted" 150 children from the Casa Hogar de Niñas Santa Maria de Guadalupe orphanage in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico. Through monetary donations and the Bishop students’ own giving, Concordia will provide the orphans with festive, seasonal items.
Each child at the orphanage, ranging from toddler to adolescent, will receive flip flops, a refillable colorful plastic water bottle, personal toiletries, and a bag of candy. The Concordia students have spent the better part of April packing the items, so that each child will have their own gifts to open. In what has become an annual tradition at the orphanage, the children look forward to these Easter gifts each spring.
Sister Margaret O'Farrell and other volunteers from Covenant House Los Angeles will drive the gift bags to Mexico, in time for the Easter holiday, on Bishop's behalf. In addition to the gifts, Concordia club moderator and BMHS Spanish teacher Laura Fabbri says that Sr. Margaret will also take basic cooking and cleaning supplies to the orphanage that, through donations, have been pre-purchased at Costco. Items including cooking oil and laundry detergent, along with food staples like rice cakes and other snacks, are very expensive in Mexico so the orphanage welcomes these donations from the States.
At right: Concordia Club members prepare gifts for delivery to Mexico.