24 May

Do Gooding Ideas For The Weekend

by Jon Katz

It feels good to do good. It is so much better than arguing or worrying about what is good. Thomas Paine said his religion was to do good. I love that idea. I hope to keep the faith.

Many of you contributed to our various causes this week, and thank you. For those do-gooder in the Army Of Good and beyond who wish to do some good this holiday weekend, we can help you. I try to do some practical good every day, it is my spiritual exercise.

There are some kids to help and two nearly sold out wish lists, one for the Bishop Maggin High School, the other for the Mansion. Very few items left. What a holiday gift for these people to find them all bought out by Tuesday. I’m buying one thing a day on each.

One good I wish to do is to keep Issachar and his brother Asher in the Bishop Maginn school. They need tuition help. We have some time to raise the money.

You can donate to their tuition fund by sending a contribution to Mike Tolan, Bishop Maginn High School, 75 Park Avenue, Albany, N.Y., 12202. It’s tax-deductible and life changing, a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.

First, I want you to hear this wonderful young man Issachar, the twin brother of Ishtar, explain to me the ending of Avengers Endgame which I have been puzzling over for days. Isacchar’s enthusiasm and intelligence shine through, he is a lot of fun. I really like this kid, and his shy and quiet brother.

Principal Nolan loves the Avengers too.

We need to  help his very poor family pay some tuition fees so he and his brother can stay in Bishop Maginn High School, a place that has brought them safety and love. They have not often been safe in their lives.  They have enough suffering behind them, it’s time for a new story.

There are only four items left on the Mansion Amazon Wish List, one for some tea, the other three paints for art work and projects, increasingly popular at the Mansion, thanks to you. The gifts range in price from $13 to $41.

On the new Bishop Maginn Wish List, there are three items left, all relating to art and crafts project, clay, drawing paper and tape, ranging from $15.99 to $38.64.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful work you have done, and that you have helped me to do. We are doing something special, I really appreciate the Army of Good when we take on a new project and watch the shock of needy and vulnerable people who have almost given up hope.

You give me hope.


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