Saturday, January 2, 2010
From Christmas Cookies to Clothing - Some So Cal Homeless got it all!
In today's blog, the pictures speak for themselves, but there is a brief "commercial" announcement! Many thanks to the teens at St. Joseph's in Carpinteria who on Youth Night made more than 100 hand-crafted Holiday cards that were delivered to the homeless today. Much appreciation goes to Jackie from Saint Mary Magdalen parish in Camarillo, a mom who made 100s of holiday cookies and organized decorating them by the teens for the homeless at a festive Christmastime Youth Night at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula. More than 1,000 pieces of clean - fresh clothing made their way to the homeless today because of the generosity and concerted effort of the pastors, administrators and parishioners of Saint Sebastian's in Santa Paula, Sacred Heart in Ventura and Corpus Christi in Pacific Palisades.
Fresh-picked oranges were a welcomed sight too! They were brought all the way to the streets and alleyways because of the the kindness of the Sunkist packing house in Fillmore. Not to mention the ultimate comfort food, the International Bible Society "Story of God" Gospel of John booklets sponsored in each sack lunch by Charlie of Saint Paul the Apostle parish in Westwood. Last but not least, Noah's Bagels of Ventura consistently donates each week 100s of fresh-made gourmet bagels to the homeless we serve. Henry and Angela and family from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula made more than 200 PBJs as part of their New Years Day labor of love for today's delivery. Thanks to YLI Santa Paula and the many others who sponsored a giveaway of Christmas Cookies and SUBWAY FOOTLONG gift cards in Ventura last week. Many thanks to Rosie and Tom from St. Vincent de Paul for the many lunch bag snacks and "stuffers" that were provided for this Homeless In America StreetReach.
Pray for "Homeless Mike" who lives under one of the bridges for years and was MIA and said to be in an area hospital today. Pray for "Homeless Greg" who has lived on the same stretch of pavement for more than a decade and for want of nothing, yet suffers greatly. Many thanks to today's StreetReach team for all their dedication and hard work - Henry, Angela, Frances, Jenny, Melanie and Ezequiel.
The next StreetReach days helping the homeless living on our very own American streets are coming very soon, the last weekend of January in fact. Please partner with us today to sponsor cases of water ($20), van insurance ($50), Bibles ($75), and we are in urgent need of van upkeep sponsors - $100. Donate at: http://www.servantsofthefather.org/donation_homeless or post checks to - Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc., P.O. Box 42001, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
All Donations are Tax Deductible