Thousands of Congregations to Participate in Children's Defense Fund's National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Celebration

Thousands of Congregations to Participate in Children's Defense Fund's National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Celebration

Events Nationwide Focus on Getting All Children Enrolled in Health Coverage

HOUSTON, TX – Throughout the month of October, diverse faith communities will be taking part in the Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) 18th annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration. A local celebration will be held in Houston on Sunday, October 18, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity East United Methodist Church, 2418 McGowen. The public is invited to attend this free event.

The Houston event will feature special performances by youth singers, dancers and spoken word artists with a play written by Ashley Prince and story weaver, Sister Mama Sonia/3sisters in the spirit Theatre Ministry, entitled, “A Change is Gonna Come.” The play, featuring the prayers and meditations of CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, addresses the plight of millions of children living in poverty, lacking basic health care and the social issues that funnel millions of children into a “pipeline to prison.” The service will conclude with an opportunity for families with uninsured children to register for affordable health coverage through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children’s Medicaid.

WHO: Children's Defense Fund – Texas
WHAT: A city-wide Children's Sabbath celebration featuring special youth performances and a play by local playwright Ashley Prince and story weaver Sister Mama Sonia
Opportunity for families with uninsured children to register for CHIP or Children’s Medicaid
WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2009
3:30 p.m.
WHERE Trinity East United Methodist Church
  2418 McGowen Street

What to bring to register for CHIP or Children’s Medicaid:

  • Proof of Household Income (copy of a recent paycheck stub or most recent income tax forms)
  • Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate and Social Security Number
  • Proof of Expenses for Child Care or Disabled Adult Care (copies of receipts or invoices)

For questions about this event, please contact Carolyn DeVaughn at (713) 664-4080. To learn more about the Children’s Defense Fund National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® annual celebration, visit: www.childrensdefense.org/faith.

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