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Local Church Crosses Borders for Charity

The congregation of the Southern Tier Family Life Church gathered on Sunday for their weekly mass, and to reflect on the spirit of giving.

"We reached out to the nation of Honduras and brought gifts to over 4000 children," said Pastor Joe Courdriet.
 
This was part of the church's Our World, Their World, The World outreach program. It pairs giving within the local community with worldwide charity.

"I just really want to give a lot back to the community," said Diana Cunningham-Morrello of Endicott
 
14 members of the congregation traveled together to Honduras. They spent a week there delivering gifts and food to the locals.
 
"It was very eye opening," said Cunningham-Morrello.

"It was life changing. It caused them to rethink their perspective about life," said Coudriet.

"For sure I learned more than I taught over there," said Brigit Plate-Sorrells.

Members of the church say one of the most important things to remember is that you don't have to go overseas to help with initiatives like this one.

"It's not just about the people that go," said Plate-Sorrells.
 
Members who stayed here in Binghamton helped raise money, wrap gifts, and support the group in Honduras. The congregation wants to remind people that giving to the community is always important.
 
"Not just around the holidays, we should be doing this every single day of our lives," said Cunningham-Morello.
 
The church fulfilled the "our world" part of their program on Sunday by delivering gifts to foster children and the local orphanage.

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