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FOCUS on Love: Feeding Hungry Children

January 23, 2018

Dear Esteemed Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is in our midst!

I am writing to update you on the Antiochian Women's Common "Act of Mercy" for 2018.
Since last year's Act of Mercy was such a great success, we will continue our partnership with FOCUS North America once again. As a reminder, our Act of Mercy is entitled, "FOCUS ON LOVE, Feeding Hungry Children," which provides food for undernourished children in the United States. FOCUS has created a link as well as additional information to help with its efforts. There is a direct link for the Antiochian Women on the FOCUS website. There, you will find an informational video about where our efforts are going and the children we are helping.

I have also attached a pamphlet on how FOCUS serves impoverished children; a small, printable postcard about the Act of Mercy; and, lastly, a page with instructions on how to make a donation. Donations may be made online at the link provided above or via a check mailed directly to FOCUS. Local chapters are also encouraged to hold a fundraiser to promote our Act of Mercy. I would also ask each Diocesan Humanitarian Coordinator to compile a report of the contributions from each church in her respective Diocese, and forward it to me no later than June 30 so that we may present the final figures at our NAB Summer Meeting.

I would respectfully ask that you distribute this information to all of your local chapters as soon as possible.

Additionally, I encourage all chapters to continue with humanitarian acts, such as sending cards and/or visiting shut-ins and the sick; visiting nursing homes and those individuals that may have no one else; participating in a local charity event such as Habitat for Humanity; and any other local Acts of Mercy. I would love to hear about the good deeds that are taking place across the Archdiocese – feel free to email me with updates which I will include in future reports. 

I look forward to another successful year with our Act of Mercy. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions, comments, or questions.

Your Sister in Christ,
Lauren Ferris, NAB Humanitarian Coordinator


How to Donate (PDF)

FOCUS on Kids (PDF)

FOCUS on Love Graphic (GIF)

FOCUS Poster (PDF)

Video about the Summer Feeding Program

Donation Instructions

1. Checks for FOCUS ON LOVE donations should be made payable to FOCUS NORTH AMERICA.
2. Write "Antiochian Women Love Campaign" on memo line.
3. Mail donation check to:
FOCUS North America
PO Box 645039
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5039
4. Yes, individuals can donate to your chapter for this campaign or directly to FOCUS ON LOVE. However, it would good if an individual uses the information above so that we can track the total given for the Antiochian Women Love Campaign.

Remember that Online donations may be made in the following manner:
1.  Visit
2.  Click the donate button at the top of the page to take you to a contribution page on our secure
donation portal for gifts via credit card or PayPal.
3.  FOCUS will recognize your gift with a tax receipt.


Focus on Love Graphic (GIF)16.36 KB
NAB FOCUS Act of Mercy Letter, Lauren Ferris (PDF)52.21 KB
NAB FOCUS How to Donate (PDF)1.07 MB
NAB FOCUS on Kids (PDF)1.2 MB
NAB FOCUS Digital Card (PDF)406.11 KB