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Xmas warmth for slum kids

Plummeting temperatures in Ranchi have prompted St Albert’s College to extend a helping hand to the poor and the homeless.

The theological cradle under the Roman Catholic Church will distribute 405 blankets among children of 11 slums ahead of Christmas .

“It is a part of our social commitment. Our students in collaboration with Marianist Brothers, a congregation within the Catholic Church, run 12 educational centres in slums,” said St Albert’s College rector Joseph Prasad Pinto.

During recent sessions, students observed that a majority of these underprivileged girls and boys were wearing old and tattered woollens that barely blocked the chill.

“We decided to gift them blankets before Christmas this year so that they can at least sleep in comfort,” Father Pinto said.

The slums where the drive will take place are in Chutia, Hatia, Hindpiri, Hathma, Mausibari, Doranda, Argora, Tukitoli, Khadgada, Irgutoli and Pahari Mandir area.

“This is our centenary year. Pope Francis has given a clarion call to every church to become more and more pro-poor. This will be our way of celebrating Christ’s birth with the have-nots,” the rector added.

Why not distribute the blankets on Christmas Day then?

“In faith, God comes to us every day, every moment. He does not wait for December 25 to bless us. So, we will distribute the woollens as quickly as possible — maybe by this weekend,” he said.