As a second grade teacher, Alice had her students put on a Christmas pageant each year. They invited all the parents and, for admission, requested a donation of one can of food for Charlie's Pantry, a local food bank.
Alice shared with her students an enthusiasm for helping others. As a cheerful giver, she has also inspired her family and friends.
A few years ago, Alice read in the "Marian Helpers BULLETIN" about Fr. Stanislaus Chryc, MIC's work with poor families in Poland. She was inspired to help. As she thought about what she could do, she decided to get her family and friends involved. She invited them to send Christmas gifts for the children, instead of giving her gifts.
Alice reports a wonderful response: "They not only sent presents, they let me know how happy it made them feel. They are now inviting others to participate."
Assisting the Marians in Poland had become a priority for Alice. "So, when I read that the seminarians and retired priests in Gora Kalwaria, Poland, were living in a monastery that was falling down, I wanted to help," she explains.
The article also mentioned how the Marians were providing daycare, food, and medical attention for street children. "This touched my heart," she says. Because of her background, Alice could appreciate the situation. "I knew that Poland needed help to recover from the grip of communism," she says. "I also saw this as a wonderful opportunity to give tribute to my mother and my grandfather, who came from Poland. They were both very devout, and I thank them for instilling in me a strong faith."
Before she became a teacher, Alice worked in business. Her boss advised her to invest in the stock market. "My goal was to save for retirement," she explains. "I was amazed by how my investments grew. I accumulated more than I needed."