It is with much gratitude that we report the success of 135 St. Joe’s parishioners on Sunday afternoon of October 24, 2021, in creating meals for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program of Helping Hands. These volunteers created 20,000 meal packets serving 6 meals per packet for 120,000 meals in total for hungry people in the African country of Burkina Faso.
Special thanks to parishioners who donated to fund the program, some who volunteered at the event and others who were not able to participate in person.
Since this was the first time sponsoring the program, we benefitted from a generous spirit of parishioners, stepping up to fill a need as it was discovered at the one-and-a-half-hour event. Volunteers showed up early to offload 50-pound boxes of rice and soy, dried vegetables and equipment. Volunteers cooked packets of the stew donated from CRS to nourish participants before the event.
Later, volunteers put ingredients into packets at funnel tables, others weighed the assembled packets to assure consistent weight while some heat-sealed the packets to prepare for packing and still others boxed the packets for transport. Some walked through the School Hall to find areas of need and fill the any need without missing a beat.
A spirit of creativity and generosity filled the room. It was heartwarming to see the mix of people participating: families with young children staffing their own table, elders showing their dedication and persistence, friends chatting while assembling. Love was everywhere and brought wonderful results!
Thanks to the community for your compassion and generosity,
Margaret and Bill Solberg