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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thankful for Volunteers, St. Paul's Parishioners are Better than Elves

Last night, it only took 1 hour for more than 200 St. Paul's Parishioners to make nearly 600 sack lunches and more than 1,000 sandwiches. If there really was a North Pole with a Santa's workshop, this is what it would look like. The children created handmade Christmas cards while others made sandwiches and stuffed 1 gallon ziplock bags with snacks, fruit, candies and water. One crew delivered boxes of the lunches street side to a waiting truck and neatly packed it from floor to ceiling. Thankful for the volunteers, a new team, "Catholics-Under-the-Bridges" will make a delivery this morning to homeless living under bridges and remote alleys who are unable to get to traditional Skid Row services. The team will also handout warm jackets, socks, t-shirts, hygiene kits, prayer cards and rosaries. Because of hundreds of volunteers there will be hundreds of smiles on many poor faces. As a community, we are thankful for the thousands of volunteers nationwide who today will touch the nation's needy with their time, talents and treasures. May they inspire thousands more volunteers by being role models of compassion.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It brings me much joy to see how [all of] you are spearheading a wonderful ministry to the poor. To see the peoples response and the out pouring of compassion brings rejoicing to me. You are truly using your gifts for the greater Glory of God and the good of all, especially those in need, the lowly of the lowly... May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be with you always and may Mary our Mother protect you and cover you with her precious mantle. A.C.