UPDATED – ACTION ITEM! 10 year old’s fundraiser for a Pregnancy Care Center


Go to the bottom of the post for the RESULTS!

Originally Published on: Sep 13, 2018

Everyone, here is a good news note!

I received this message from a 10 year old which was forwarded by his mother.  Xavier is one of the TLM altar boys who regularly serves my Masses.

Dear Father Z,

My name is Xavier ___. I am 10 years old and I am your altar server sometimes at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff. I’m doing a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford to help women and babies, and I wanted to reach out to priests that I know. It’s a great pro-life organization, and my letter with all the information is below. If you are able to donate, or share my letter below, I’d appreciate it. I know you have a blog because my brother reads it every day.

Thank you!


Here is the letter itself that describes the project.

Hi, this is Xavier.

This is the letter for the Hike for Life to raise money for the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. I am raising money for them this year because they help families and women and children. They are a wonderful pro-life organization that is trying to reach out and help as many people as possible. My goal is to raise over $2000 for them. I will be doing a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card that I bought for everyone who donates. Please tell your friends about this fundraiser – the Care Center would appreciate it!

To donate, you can go to this link:


The Pregnancy Care center appreciates it and so do I. Every dollar counts!

Thank you,


Ladies and gentlemen, I present Xavier, TLM Altar Boy, 10.

Could you find it in your heart to make a donation?   Let’s give this kid’s project a boost.  It’s a good cause.

The link is


As of right now, he is not far from his goal.  Let’s try to triple it, at least!

UPDATE 14 Sept:

Good progress.  I did say, however, that we could TRIPLE his request.   This is the LAST day for this fundraiser.   Let’s get it done!  Look what happened in the last, slightly less than, 24 hours.

I had a note from Xavier sent via his mother.

Hi, Father Z, this is Xavier again.

I just wanted to say Thank You! for your more than generous post and donation! When I saw all the donations coming in, I could hardly believe it! The Care Center and I greatly appreciate it.

I’m not able to send thank you emails to everyone because some people didn’t share their email addresses, but I’m remembering everyone who donates in my daily rosaries.

Thank you,


(Xavier’s mom here :) )

Dear Father Z.,

Wow!! Thank you SO much for your enthusiastic support of Xavier’s fundraising mission! Our entire family has been so excited to watch the donations come pouring in, and it’s brought such a beautiful feeling of comradery with the Faithful, far and wide, who are supporting this pro-life work! I am thrilled for the Pregnancy Care Center to receive all these donations, and as a mother, I am equally excited that Xavier has been encouraged in this way! This is his first year fundraising for the Center, as his two older siblings have taken turns raising money for this event in the past. He has been working hard to get donations – going around the neighborhood with his 8-year-old brother knocking on doors; bringing his donation sheet wherever we go so he can ask people; and coming up with creative photo shoots involving his younger siblings to post on (my) social media. In spite of his efforts, there has been some disappointment and rejection along the way, so to see such a tremendous response from your post has been amazing!

To which I respond, if you have a “force multiplier” why not use it?


Again from Xavier’s mom:

Hi Fr. Z!
I think Xavier told you when he chatted with you after Mass that he hit $10k! Your readers are amazing!!
We planned to take a picture with all the kids and a “Thank you” sign for your readers once we get home from Mass this morning (we have an hour drive, so it will be a bit still). [Yet another family who drives an hour for Mass.] No pressure to post it–we can also put it on Xavier’s donation page in case people check back for updates–but I wanted to let you know that was coming since Xavy said you were going to update the post.
Thanks again for your help to get such an amazing sum for the Pregnancy Care Center. The director and staff were overwhelmed with both excitement and emotion about the support from all over the world!!

You all did more than triple the goal.


After Mass today.  He was pretty happy.

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  1. Akita says:

    Thank you for this opportunity Father Z.

  2. jjbulano says:

    Done and Done!!! Hope your followers step up!! Our Diocese has been able, through sidewalk ministries and supporting alternative pregnancy centers, to greatly limit the effectiveness of PP. Pregnancy Centers are the bane of PP’s existence and are now outnumbering abortion mills. We should support them at every opportunity!!

  3. Malta says:

    What an articulate young man! Thank you Xavier!

  4. seashoreknits says:

    What a great kid – thanks for passing along, Fr. Z

  5. KateD says:

    OMGosh! Adorable!

  6. God bless this family! Awesome

  7. george says:

    Donation placed. Now that it’s well over 3x, maybe it will hit 4x…

  8. OssaSola says:

    You’re welcome, Xavier. Go save the children!

  9. RichR says:

    Did my little part. Looks like it’s already up to $9,000. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that kiddo’s home. More importantly, I’d like to say thank you to Xavier for the opportunity to share in blessing this Pregnancy Center. so neat to see such generosity.

  10. teomatteo says:

    Nice to see Chick-fil-A and Subway as sponsors.

  11. Semper Gumby says:

    This is great. Congratulations to this TLM altar boy, his family, the Care Center, and all here.

  12. Edward Dunai says:

    This reminds me of something local. There is a crisis pregnancy center that our parish strongly supports that literally shares a wall with the Tempe Planned Parenthood abortion mill, such that the chapel in the center shares a wall with the actual rooms where abortions are carried out. Bishop Olmsted has authorized priests to bring the Blessed Sacrament to this chapel for adoration, and a number of us regularly pray the rosary in the chapel. And they’re having an effect! The Planned Parenthood goons have been growing more and more violent and abusive in their response to our culture of life members, with a number of them lately screaming ‘Hail Satan’ in attempts to drown them out while they pray on the sidewalk (every Saturday!) Shows you who they truly serve, no? And they’ve had a positive effect, they’ve had multiple women who were planning on getting an abortion change their minds at the last moment and choose life.

    Just goes to show how powerful these crisis centers are in the battle against the culture of death.

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