UPDATE 16 SEPT:
Go to the bottom of the post for the RESULTS!
Originally Published on: Sep 13, 2018
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.
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!
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.
(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?
UPDATE 16 SEPT:
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.