Here’s Life Inner City, an outreach of Campus Crusade for Life, is bringing joy to thousands of impoverished American city kids this Easter season. Partnering with hundreds of churches across the country, HLIC has distributed 25,400 “Easter bags” to children in 13 cities nationwide in time for the holiday celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Easter bags serve to remind children that they are loved and important to God and to His church. Each bag contains candy, crayons, a toy, a colorful beaded bracelet and a Bible story/activity book designed especially for children of the inner city. The gifts are simple, but they are also profound in that they show children that there is hope in the midst of often difficult and seemingly hopeless situations.
Cycle of Poverty
“Poverty often isn’t just about lack of money. It can create a mindset in children that there is no reason to dream, nothing to look forward to in life. We want to help break the cycle of poverty by giving children a reason to have hope,” said John Sather, national director of Here’s Life Inner City.
The “Easter Bag” outreach has been in place for more than 20 years and are simple white bags that children can color. HLIC has been working in some of America’s toughest inner cities for 27 years, partnering with local churches to impact their communities. These cities include Bakersfield, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; New York City; Louisville, Ky.; Orlando, Fla.; Milwaukee; Detroit and central Arkansas.
HLIC is all about reaching people “through food, necessity items, life skills, career development and youth development programs” and partners with more than 1,300 churches and organizations to reach America’s poor with the resources to not just survive, but to thrive and overcome the challenges of poverty.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
Source: Here’s Life Inner City