To help the middle school youth look at the excess that often crowds our lives and how excess (both physical and spiritual) often leaves no room for God. Through a clothing drive, this night will give the middle school youth an opportunity to share their possessions with the less fortunate and learn how charity and service are vital parts of an active faith life. Finally, this night will help the middle school youth to connect with the larger Life Teen and Edge community.
As you plan your fall semester, we ask you to consider putting this night on your calendar for the week of September 28th. September 27th is the feast of St. Vincent de Paul and the clothing collected this night will go to the local St. Vincent de Paul Chapter in your area. This is a great opportunity to show the middle school youth that they are part of the larger Life Teen/Edge movement and join together with middle school youth all over the world to make a positive impact. This is also another opportunity to break open this year’s theme: Consumed by Grace. We are called to charity – to love as God has loved us. The only way we can truly live charity is to be consumed by God’s grace, His very life.
This night has the opportunity to be a monumental event for Life Teen & The Edge! The goal is to have all 1,000+ Life Teen/Edge parishes doing this night during the same week. Each parish will hold its own clothing drive and send all the clothes to the local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We are asking that each parish will weigh the donations and email total weight along with pictures to Tricia Tembreull at email@example.com. The goal is to collectively donate over 50,000 lbs. of clothes to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In order to reach that goal we need everyone’s help! We will feature pictures from all the parishes that did this night on www.lifeteen.com – so make sure to send in pictures!