St Nicholas took the “grocery bags for the hungry” idea that Holy Innocents has been using and ran with it on Sunday – the previous week, they distributed approximately 275 empty grocery bags, with shopping instructions. Yesterday, they sent out teams in several cars to canvass the neighborhood, looking for bags that had been left out.
Success!! As each car returned, it was greeted with cheers. Eventually, a total of 55 bags were collected, a very high rate of return. The food will benefit the Second Family program that St Nicholas has started, where they have contacted school counselors to identify needy families. Also, some bags will benefit the Holy Innocents Supplemental Food Pantry.
In other news, a neighborhood family that we at Holy Innocents helped with groceries and school clothes received a second helping of winter coats and school supplies. They were overwhelmed; one daughter was particularly happy with her pretty new winter coat, and another was delighted with her new skirt. They promise to put the school supplies to good use.
Although our physical builiding may close, we are striving to keep the doors of our hearts and spirits open as we go forward to join together with St Nicholas, and we are grateful for the opportunity to grow inwardly as we hope for the chance to grow outwardly.
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Title: Quite A Haul For The Needy
Happy faces for the successful food drive at St Nicholas, the parish community Holy Innocents will merge with at New Years’.
Originally uploaded: 12 Nov ’06, 12.38pm CST PST