Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Written by: Tim Brown, Community Relations Coordinator

During the holiday season, EECM's 1000s of supporters make an extra effort to help those in need with food drives, coat drives, volunteering and finding a little extra cash to make a donation to EECM! For that, EECM is thankful and would not be able to do what we do without all of you.

...then there are The Ladies of Charity
from St. Catherine of Sweden Parish.

What makes them so special you ask? They have been making an extra effort every other Saturday for over 10 years at EECM's Men's Emergency Shelter by providing a hot breakfast for the men before they head out for the day. I joined them on December 17, 2011 to see what kind of GOOD they were up to that day.

FYI...The standard breakfast at the Men's Emergency Shelter is cold cereal.

On their most recent visit, The Ladies of Charity were prepared for the season. They covered the tables in holiday colors and put cards made my children in the catechism classes at St. Catherine at each place setting. They brought egg bake casseroles, ham, sausage, danishes (Donated by H D Dudt Bakery in Wexford), clementines, orange juice and they even brought toasters to make toast, which I found to unbelievably thoughtful. I would guess that most of us take toast for granted.

Big deal you say, they made breakfast. I say there is more...

In addition to the breakfast, the men were given snacks to take with them to enjoy throughout the day: Slim Jim, Nutri-Grain Bars, Rice Krispies Treats and a variety of bite size chocolates!

Don't say it...there is more.

They also put together a gift bag for the 35 men in the shelter that consisted of a sweatshirt, socks, winter hat, hand warmers and $5 in Gift Certificates to McDonald's!

Amazing! But...there is more.

They even brought Christmas Cards for the men in the shelter to write notes and address to loved ones, wherever they may be, and then mail the cards for them! (It is ok to get a little choked up on that one. I did.)
So during this holiday season as we help others and give thanks for what we have, remember to say thanks to someone as well.

So...Thanks to The Ladies of Charity from St. Catherine of Sweden and
everyone that continues to help EECM build a community of hope.

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