Special thanks to all who took the time to clean out your closets and drawers and donated clothing during our recent collection. Often, we make a donation and do not realize the impact of our actions, and so we wanted to pass along the following: The day the first round of donations was dropped off at House of Bread, a family, who was recently homeless and had spent the night sleeping in their car with six children, happened to be at The House of Bread soup kitchen. The staff was working with area service providers to provide the basics for the family, including secure housing.
The donations our parish provided was a godsend for them. There was a beautiful collection of clothing for men, women and children, including shoes that the family could immediately use. Our teens had put together personal care bags with the donated items gathered over the summer, and those were given to the family as well. We never know the ripple effects of our actions, but these items were a sign of hope, love and support for a struggling family. We are called by the nature of our baptism to care for one another, to see one another, to provide opportunities for “the other” to maintain their dignity and self-respect. Please keep this family in your prayers as they continue to navigate this difficult time in their lives and know that your generosity made a huge impact.