Children Engage in a Good Cause.
is announced that a number of the children of the town, ranging in age
from 7 to 12 years, are preparing to give a benefit for the Home Charity
Association. The program will consist of vocal and instrumental music,
recitations and dialogues. In their effort to help the worthy cause of
charity these little men and women are deserving of the highest praise
and encouragement, and The Gazette hopes that a "crowded house" will
greet the happy little faces at the rising of the curtain. Lafayette
Help feed and clothe the hungry.
is an old saying, that "charity begins at home," but this is no reason
it should not go abroad; and we are prone to think and believe all's
well with our neighbor, because we have all the "necessities of life" -
not so however - for right here at our door, and not for lack of energy
or work either, many of the farmers of North Louisiana, at this very
moment, are in dire necessitous circumstances, - at starvation's door.
elements were against them during the crop season of 1896. The long
continued drought of last summer has brought to them an almost total
failure of their different harvest, and consequently, great scarcity of
State of Louisiana for some reason or other, finds itself unable to
meet the case and assist her famished children of North Louisiana.
Will not the charitably inclined of Lafayette parish, and all such are in position to do so, -- and there are so many of the better class come forward and help those unfortunate farmers?
beneficient Providence has been kind and favored and blessed you
plentifully with the good things of this world: Give a crust of bread to
the suffering and receive his blessing?
A contemporary newspaper of North, La., whose home is in the distress District thus pictures the situation.
people do not want to beg, but they must have help in some way, or
anbandon their homes and look for the means to keep their families from
suffering for the bare necessities of life with which to sustain life."
cannot the good people of Lafayette Parish, who so often in the past
have demonstrated their generosity, assemble in Mass meeting, that we
may better devise ways and means, to contribute our (unreadable word) of
supply to the wants of Grant Parish and others, whose little children
we hear it said, will soon be crying for bread!
Who will take the initiative step in this noble and pressing cause? Le us hear from you friend.
is not all to talk and appoint "relief communities" a la Baton Rouge
mansion, that do little or nothing to feed or cloth the hundry
Why! one poor barrel of corn or potato from some humble source beat all the redtapeism in the world.
we measure unto others, just so shall be our measure; whereupon we say,
let the wretched hope, and the prosperous be on their guard.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1897.
The Home Charity Association.
lower animals have feeling, but no sympathy - it belongs to man only to
"weep with them that weep," and by sympathy to divide another's sorrow
and double another's joys.
blessings of health and plenty do not fall to the lot of the world, and
all communities have their share of poor and sick ones struggling
bravely under trying and discouraging conditions. These are not paupers
preying upon the benevolence of the public, but good men and women
courageously fighting the battle of life against insurmountable
difficulties, and who are in every way worthy of the sympathy and
entitled to the help of their fellow-beings.
of the most practical ways of providing assistance and relief for
persons in need or distress is through the medium of organized charity,
and it was to provide a ready means of meeting this requirement in our
midst that a number of benevolent citizens of Lafayette banded
themselves together several years ago under the name of the Home Charity
Not to the
sound of trumpet, but in a quiet, and systematic way this Association
has been engaged in lightening the burdens of widows and orphans, and
answering every worthy call for help as far as the means of the
Association would allow.
usefulness of the Home Charity Association in the community would be
greatly enlarged if its membership would be increased to the extent it
deserves to be in view of the commendable character of the work being
carried on by the association. The Association derives its support from
the membership dues of twenty five cents a month, which are collected
bi-monthly by the secretary, Miss Marie Josse. The other officers of the
association are Dr. N. P. Moss, president; Mrs. F. Demanade,
vice-president; Mrs. J. O. Mouton, treasurer.
In Faith and Hope the world will
But all mankind's concern is charity.
- Alexander The Great 356 to 323 BC.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/29/1905
Thoughtful Little People.
Advertiser has learned with pleasure of the intention of a number of
little boys and girls in this community, to give an entertainment in the
near future for the benefit of the Home Charity Association. The
Advertiser has been informed that the idea originated with the children,
themselves, and it is certainly a beautiful idea to carry out - that of
extending a helping hand by the young to fellow human beings in
sickness and distress. Charity is the noblest of all virtues and it is
an inspiring incident to see this grand virtue budding forth in young
and tender hearts not yet acquainted with the hardships of the world.
We hope to be able to publish at an early date the program of the
entertainment to be given by these little friends of the poor, and we
bespeak for the project a cheerful and substantial support on the part
of the public.