To provide for the needs of the elderly poor, St Jeanne Jugan walked the roads of Brittany seeking alms. Knocking on doors, she asked for money and gifts in kind, whatever was needed for her poor. It took a great deal of humility for Jeanne to approach people and ask for help and although she found the collecting difficult at times, Jeanne persevered out of love of God and the elderly poor he had placed in her care. Her trust in Divine Providence was absolute and God has never let her down! Jeanne was recognised by her begging basket and today’s collecting Little Sisters are similarly recognised on their daily rounds, visiting businesses and markets asking for donations to help offset the running costs of our Homes.
Today fundraising by correspondence also has an important role in obtaining the necessary donations for the upkeep of our Homes. Little Sisters, members of the Association Jeanne Jugan and lay staff came together on 28th October for a day’s training on the art of collecting in this way.