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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

***EARLY LAFAYETTE CHARITY ASSOCIATIONS

 Children Engage in a Good Cause.

 It 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 Gazette 1/19/1901.




Help feed and clothe the hungry.

 It 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.

 The 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 bread-stuff.

 The 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?

 A 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.

 "Our 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."

 Why 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.

 It 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 and naked.

 Why! one poor barrel of corn or potato from some humble source beat all the redtapeism in the world.

 As 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.


 The 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.

 The 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.

 One 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 Association.

 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.

 The 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
         disagree.

 But all mankind's concern is charity.
         -   Alexander The Great 356 to 323 BC.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/29/1905




Thoughtful Little People.

The 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.


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