Updated: Jan 4
Dear friends and family of Christmas for Breakfast,
As life in the US returns somewhat to normalcy, we hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.
Our Christmas for Breakfast team continues to gauge the public’s safety and comfort level to bring back the annual fundraising luncheon. Unfortunately, even as we helplessly watched the pandemic rage on in Vietnam this past summer, we had to delay the luncheon once again and resort to online fundraising for another year.
Back in July, we spoke with Fr John Toai about the situation in Saigon, the epicenter of the pandemic. When asked how Mai Tam Center was holding up, his voice was filled with concerns, “You can imagine how tough it is to keep one hundred children inside 24/7. As HIV-infected, they are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. Once they get covid-19, it’s over.” Fortunately, all the children at the center have been kept out of harm’s way. Financially, Mai Tam Center is surviving solely on savings, for support has dried up as local benefactors are greatly impacted by the lockdown.
In July, over a hundred sisters at several centers that we support were infected with covid while volunteering during the pandemic. We remember a quote from Mr. Rogers of the beloved TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” This past summer, as updates on the sisters’ health trickled in, we could not help but wonder who would help the helpers now.
Once again, we need your help to get Mai Tam, Con En, and Thong Xanh centers through this pandemic.
Please visit our website www.christmasforbreakfast.org to donate online, or send your check made payable to Bridging Hope in the self-addressed, stamped envelope included in this letter.
As always, we are grateful for your love and support. We look forward to seeing you again in a not so distant future.
Team Christmas for Breakfast