When children at Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage in Haiti see someone less fortunate without a shirt, they offer theirs, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish Youth Ministry Director Gloria Josephs says.
"They are taught in the orphanage to always pay it back," she says.
Saturday, area kids of all ages are asked to bring a new T-shirt to St. Luke's to donate to the orphanage, for this reason.
The community members also will run -- or walk, if they prefer -- the one mile between St. Luke's and the First United Methodist Church.
St. Luke's Second Annual Jingle Bell Run is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $10 for early registration, and $15 on Saturday.
The proceeds will benefit the orphanage, part of St. Luke's support for the community in Haiti, Josephs said Tuesday.
A talent show at the church on Veterans Day has raised more than $14,000 so far to support a hospital there, she said.
The Jingle Bell Run proceeds will solely support the orphanage, Josephs said.
The orphanage has 500 children to feed, clothe and educate, she said.
Supporting the efforts in Haiti is personal for Josephs, a longtime friend of Father Rick Frechette, who founded the orphanage.
Josephs said she tries to visit Haiti once each year.
Still, Saturday's Jingle Bell Run should be fun, as well as educational.
"We wear jingle bells, so we get into the spirit of the season," Josephs said.