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Donor & Partner Organization Endorsements

Papal Support

"Catholic Relief Services is known for the effective and innovative programs of assistance, which it sponsors throughout the world. Ever ready at a moment's notice to help the victims of natural disasters and peoples burdened by poverty, famine, epidemics and war, you are inspired by a firm commitment to the rich tradition of Catholic social doctrine- the aim of which is the defense of the human person and the safeguarding of human dignity."

Pope John Paul II

Religious Leader Support

"Peace Times Weekly's board is very thankful for the work of Catholic Relief Services. I, along with many Koreans from my generation, remember the work of CRS and the agency's outreach to families suffering during the Korean War. We are dedicated to continue helping others through CRS around the world, because so many Koreans were helped by CRS."

Fr. Yong II Park, president of Peace Times Weekly

Government/Political Support

We can all be proud of the work that Catholic Relief Services does in our name around the world. CRS is known for its integrated approach to development - weaving together programs that help poor nations address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, and poverty. At the same time, CRS promotes community participation, empowerment, and economic opportunity.

U.S. Congressman James McGovern of Massachusetts - March 4, 2004

Program Beneficiary Support

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to CRS for enabling me to be what I am today. Without food aid, I could never have survived at school. Instead, my father would have eventually taken me out of school to follow his footsteps. Keep up the good work CRS because you saved me and will continue to save other children like me. You raised me from grass to grace and for that I will always remain grateful to you.

Alphonsus B. Dakora, CRS program beneficiary

Parish & School Endorsements

"Operation Rice Bowl has become a multi-cultural, multi-generational event in our parish. We have utilized all the resources provided by Catholic Relief Services to promote the program parish-wide. Participants really come away with a fuller understanding of the plight of the hungry around the world. It has been a truly rewarding experience."

Nancy Finn, St. Bartholomew Parish, East Brunswick, New Jersey

"Operation Rice Bowl was a very positive experience here at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Through presentations from our peers, we were able to understand at a deeper level the issues of poverty around the world."

Alicia Alonso, Senior, Mary Help of Christians Academy

"It was an amazing opportunity. I am so glad that I participated in Operation Rice Bowl. It really made me realize the struggles that the poor must overcome in order to survive. I feel extremely grateful that God has blessed me with all that I have."

Stephanie Perez, Senior, Mary Help of Christians Academy

"I have never heard about Operation Rice bowl until I entered this school and it has opened my eyes immensely. I am so happy that an opportunity like this enables young and adult individuals take part in helping impoverished beings all over the world. Operation Rice Bowl made me realize that the "Save The Children" commercials weren't at all fake, but real. I thank God that we have this type of involvement in aiding the unfortunate."

Mone't Kendall , Sophomore, Mary Help of Christians Academy

"As a school we have participated in ORB for 3 years now. It is more then just collecting money, it is all about becoming active Christians, being compassionate for the poor and passionate about changing the situations and structures that oppress. The activities, information and lesson plans make it simple to use. The impact can change the lives nor only of the less fortunate, but the students here in the USA."

Sr. Michelle Geiger, Teacher, Mary Help of Christians Academy

Media Commentary

"Catholic Relief Services, one of the most vigorous aid organizations in the third world, is an example of humanitarianism at its noblest."

Nicholas D. Kristof of the NY Times
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