A giving chain in action

December 1, 2017 - 12:00am -- Living City

A giving chain in action
Children across the country and around the world learn the Gospel-based Art of Loving through the Cube of Love program. Here’s how Liya Haileyesus, a second grader from Georgia, put into practice “love everyone.”

Following Hurricane Harvey, the principal at St. John Neumann School asked students to do odd jobs around the house to earn money to send to help the children at the school they had adopted in Houston.

What came to Liya’s mind instead was her piggy bank, in which she had been saving money to buy a violin. She decided to give it all to the children in Houston, and she brought her piggy bank to school to give to her teacher. It had over $35.

When asked why she did this, she said, “What is a new violin compared to helping those in need? I can buy a violin later.”

Later that week, after school Mass, the principal went in front of all the students and called Liya up. A family in the school community had heard about her generosity and had donated a violin they were no longer using and gave it to Liya. The whole school community was happy to see a chain of giving in action.

Sarah Mundell