Welcome to Orthodoxy in Dialogue ‘s sixth annual Nativity Fast GoFundMe campaign to raise Cash for the Homeless on Christmas. Our extensive contacts with homeless persons on the streets of downtown Toronto convince us of one thing: what they need most is the cash to spend as and where they see fit. This gives them the same sense of dignity as the rest of us when we spend our money as we wish. Few things are more heartbreaking than the sight of a poorly clad man shivering violently in our frigid Canadian winter, sitting cross-legged on the sidewalk among fifty PBJ sandwiches in baggies tossed at him.
As in the previous five years, our goal is to place at least $20—but hopefully as much as $100!—into the hands of 50 homeless persons on Christmas Eve and Day. In this way, we encounter and enter into divine communion with Him who comes to be born as a little Child in Bethlehem, that we may feed Him in the least of His brothers, sisters, and siblings. In our experience, the sky itself becomes the dome of a great cosmic church as we meet Him, again and again and again, up and down the streets of downtown Toronto.
As you plan your Christmas budget, please enter into our joy of bringing joy to those we are called to love the most. Thus will we keep a fast well-pleasing to the Lord as we make our way step by step to the inner Bethlehem of our hearts and the mystical Bethlehem of the Chalice.
Please share widely on social media and ask at least one friend or family member to join you in this worthy endeavour.