Seven year old Lauren saw on television the news footage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She told her mother Patti, a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly, North Carolina, she wanted to "send a gift basket or something to the people in Japan."

Patti shares, "Her kind and generous heart impressed me so much that I thought of little else the rest of the morning. Taking this as a sign from God, I decided to search for a way to help and came to the PC(USA) website where I read about PDA and the Gift of the Heart Kits. I ran the idea by Lauren and she thought it was a good idea and wanted to have the kids at church help. So, after a few calls to our youth director and our pastor, the wheels were set in motion to get the Hygiene Kits put together. The congregation's First Kids and Youth gathered to assemble the kits."

"Our prayers are with the people of Japan, and all of the men and women, in the PDA and other organizations, who are helping these victims." (Patti)

Our thanks to Lauren and the members of First Presbyterian Church for your gifts to support those in need, and for remembering that prayer is our best response.


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