...And now, the kids. We at CRS have many opportunities to see your kids in action, and we probably don't share those stories enough. Your children's generosity is overwhelming and touching and encouraging. Their spirit is instructive and humbling. Please check out this story about Catholic kids who were moved by the KONY 2012 video to help strangers whose names they will never know, but whose lives they have touched as deeply as they have touched ours.
KONY 2012 Video Inspires Students’ Legacy
By Patrick Carney
It started with a YouTube video and ended with a legacy.
When Trey Book and Cheyenne Warren, 8th graders at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Henderson, Kentucky, saw the KONY 2012 video, a YouTube sensation by the nonprofit group Invisible Children, they saw an opportunity to make a difference. They just didn’t know how to go about it.
School Principal Sandy Fleming directed the students to Father Larry McBride, pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
“Father Larry talked about KONY 2012,” Principal Fleming says, “and he asked, ‘Are you aware of Catholic Relief Services?’ ” Neither one of the students really knew much about the agency, so Father Larry described CRS as a well-established, Catholic, faith-based relief and development agency.
Trey and Cheyenne took their pastor’s advice and organized a car wash to raise money for CRS. Principal Fleming made it clear from the beginning that this would be a student-run project.
Patrick Carney is a CRS writer, editor and web producer. He is based in Baltimore, Maryland.