St. Nicholas Teen SOYO in Grand Rapids hopes to help resolve this conflict through the use of Kare-Pax. A Kare-Pax holds five individual, inexpensive pre-packaged baggies full of goods that would be useful for those who are indeed homeless or hungry, for example, addresses and directions to local shelters or agencies, granola bars, socks or band-aids. The idea is that you leave them in your car, so when a situation arises you can hand the person on the corner an individual Kare-Pax baggie. It leaves you with a clear conscience and peace of mind knowing that you did the right thing to help someone else.
For Christ said “’I was hungry and you gave Me food: I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was a stranger and you took Me in: I was naked and you clothed Me: I was sick and you visited Me… Assuredly I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of these my brethren you did it to Me” (Matthew 25: 35-36, 40). It is our duty to help those in need, especially during lent, and with the Kare-Pax we can do the right thing when we may not be sure what the right thing to do is.
If you have questions or are interested in starting a Kare-Pax project at your parish please contact Elizabeth Ayoub or Joanna Khorey at firstname.lastname@example.org.