Item of Interest

Our Charitable Institutions

At this season of the year, when farmers in the Northern Hemisphere gather in the harvest of the many fruits of the fields, an appropriate custom which is followed in many localities is that of expressing gratitude through the sharing of the fruits of the harvest with those who at the time are in less fortunate circumstances. By this means many charitable institutions receive generous contributions of supplies which assist them in carrying on their work.

It does not seem practicable for the charitable institutions which are conducted under the auspices of the Christian Science church to receive contributions of various foodstuffs and other supplies. It is appropriate, however, at this season, and all seasons, that financial contributions be sent to the Treasurer of The Mother Church in order that the necessary means for the maintenance of these institutions may be supplied, and the "fruitage"—the healing which results from their maintenance—may be shared by many. Numerous expressions of gratitude come from various parts of the Field for the Sanatoriums of The Christian Science Benevolent Association at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and at San Francisco, California, and for The Christian Science Pleasant View Home at Concord, New Hampshire.

A Librarian of a Christian Science Reading Room on the Pacific Coast, after a visit to the Sanatorium at San Francisco, wrote The Christian Science Board of Directors, "I am so thankful for the opportunity of the visit, for the joy and inspiration received, and for the renewed courage and greater desire to serve." A Christian Scientist who lives near the Sanatorium at Chestnut Hill wrote, after a short stay there: "How I wish every Christian Scientist could see and experience the healings going on at the Sanatorium, and the blessing received by staying there even one night! My heart goes out in gratitude to everyone who is helping to make the stay of those who go there such a blessing. Their service is felt, if they are not known to us." A business man in the Middle West states that it is his custom to go to one of the Sanatoriums probably twice a year in order to get away from business and have opportunity for rest and study. He says, "If I could express what I feel in just a few words, I think I would say that this Sanatorium is the demonstration of Christian Science in action."

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December 4, 1937

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