This Lent, we’ll share a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D. has written a few thoughts for today, Ash Wednesday.
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Dozens of Saint Francis employees and volunteers recently loaded, transported, and sorted 4,000 toys destined for children served by Saint Francis Community Services this Christmas. In what has become our largest Christmas for Kids toy collection, Saint Francis staff and Great Plains Manufacturing employees loaded thousands of donated toys Tuesday in Salina, Kansas, and delivered them to Sankey Auto Center for sorting and distribution to children in foster care this Christmas. By Shane Schneider.
Ricardo and Sonja Torres tried to have their own children for years. Yet, when friends told them about fostering to adopt, they didn’t jump right in. They discussed it. Again and again. They also prayed. They had lived so long together, just the two of them, that they wanted to be sure this was exactly what God intended for them. Finally, they took the leap. Licensed with Saint Francis Community Services in 2016, the Wichita couple began taking care of children in police protective custody (PPC). By Shane Schneider
This Saturday, more than 30 children will formally receive “forever families” during Saint Francis’ annual National Adoption Day celebration at Exploration Place in Wichita. Saint Francis staff, along with judges, attorneys, and clerks from the 18th Judicial District, will gather with adoptive parents and children to finalize adoptions and celebrate adoptive families.
Join Saint Francis Community Services for our annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive! Find out when and where!
Streets and sidewalks in communities across the country will be filled with all kinds of odd little creatures hauling sacks and buckets door to door in a quest for bite-sized sugary treats. - By Shane Schneider
Saint Francis Community Services is in full swing for this year's "Christmas for Kids" campaign, our annual effort to put Christmas gifts under the trees of the thousands of children in our care.
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“We’ve been lucky,” says Patsy. “By the time they leave, I’d say at least 50 percent of our kids have paid their fines and saved enough money to go out on their own. They’re not perfect, they make mistakes. But you can say the same about any kid. They become like our own, and we celebrate their success. Most of ours have also graduated from high school. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like seeing a kid walk down that aisle to get that diploma. If that’s the only reason I do this, it’s worth every minute.”