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Human Concerns Outreach Opportunities for Lent

This year, having to work differently due to COVID, we are offering a variety of options to serve others during Lent. Please prayerfully reflect on the choices below, and participate as you are able!

SUPPORT FOR LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

The week of February 22-26, we will collect items needed by the sisters for their ministry at St. Joseph’s  Home for the Aged on Michaels Road. Please choose items from the list, and leave them on the tables in the lower hallway that week between 9am-3pm. NEEDED: luncheon sized napkins, bite-sized regular and sugar-free candy bars, instant coffee, regular and decaf,  regular-sized bottles of body wash/shower gel, and body lotion, medium-sized bottles of alcohol-free mouth wash, compostable  Easter themed napkins, cups, dinner and dessert plates, #10 cans of peaches, pears, fruit cocktail corn, peas, and green beans. These cans contain 109 oz of food.

SNAP WEEK MARCH 2, 3, 4

We will collect paper products, cleaning supplies, bars of soap, dishwashing liquid, and laundry detergent on tables in the lower hallway on March 2, 3, and 4 between 9am and 3 pm to assist individuals and families with items that cannot be purchased with SNAP ( Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)  money.

SERVING THE HOMELESS

We have the opportunity to join the Salvation Army’s local feeding program on February 20, March 6 and 20.  They feed folks at two locations on those Saturdays: Lowes on Broad St., and Motel 6 on Williamsburg Rd. by the airport. The time involved is about two hours: 10am-12noon. They maintain all COVID safety precautions. For more information, or to volunteer to join them, contact Gene Garrison at (804) 920-4082 or [email protected]

SUPPORT SAINT FRANCIS HOME

The week of March 15-19, we will collect items needed for Saint Francis Home. Please choose items from the list, and leave them on the tables in the lower hallway that week between 9am -3pm. NEEDED: women’s sizes medium and large adult pullup disposable briefs, small packs of Wet Ones wipes, Clorox wipes, black or blue ballpoint pens, Post-it notes,  AA and AAA batteries, Lowes, and Home Depot gift cards. Saint Francis Home serves local low-income people—it’s a place where seniors find independence, privacy, connection, and care—a place where love never grows old!

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 2021 UNITY BUILD

Our Knights of Columbus Council 14129 will be volunteering on March 20 to help build three homes for families on a vacant lot on State Street. They are providing volunteers to assist with construction and some financial support.  You can support their efforts by making a donation to St. Mary’s Human Concerns Ministry and noting that it is in support of Habitat for Humanity.

SUPPORT FOR THE PRC OF METRO RICHMOND

The Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond serves women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancies, offering counseling, parenting classes and more so that people are better able to make life-affirming decisions. They have let our Knights of Columbus know that they are in need of financial support in order to expand their pro-life messages in our community. You may support these efforts by making a donation to St. Mary’s Human Concerns Ministry and noting that it is in support of the PRC.

SUPPORT CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES RICE BOWL

CRS Rice Bowl is a journey of solidarity, connecting communities—and changing lives—around the world. This year, we do not have Rice Bowls to hand out, but we invite you to support their work  globally by visiting  www.crsricebowl.org/give