Debra Beard, Volunteer Coordinator for our St. Lucy Project, shares updates on parish participation through food drives, volunteering, and Lenten giving!

And Sister Aniliza Pacheco Juan, Volunteer Coordinator at Christ House, shares how students and volunteers provided Easter Baskets for food pantry clients. 

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MARCH

March was a very busy month for the Manassas Warehouse of The St. Lucy Project!  We conducted 9 food drives and collected 55,386 pounds of food!  Our heartfelt gratitude to the parishes that conducted food drives in March– St. Joseph (Herndon), St. Bernadette, Holy Spirit, St. Ambrose, St. Jude, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Rita, and St. Michael.

St. John Neumann’s Religious Education program also made over 100 lunch packs to give to hungry children this summer.  It was a great way to kick off our Summer Hungry Children Campaign!

Additionally, we welcomed many new families into the warehouse for this Lenten food drive season. Students served for confirmation hours, and school service hours.  On March 12th, the Squire Roses from Holy Spirit School provided the heavy lifting, and much needed food stocking in the warehouse.  We also had the privilege to meet the American Heritage Girls representing St. Rita’s Parish, as well as the Sea Scouts, some of whom have ties to St. Katherine Drexel Mission.  The unloading of our food donations would not be possible without the willing participation from these families and youth groups!

Over 25,000 pounds of food was distributed from our warehouse to our partner pantries to feed approximately 630 families! Thank you for helping us feed the food insecure this Lenten season!

St. Jude parishioners unloading food to St. Faustina’s Pantry in Fredericksburg.

 

Here are some items included in our Summer Hungry Kids snack packs.

APRIL

Christ House Food Pantry was also busy this Lenten and Easter Season! Students from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School worked in the Christ House garden, planted herbs and flowers, made Easter snack bags, helped unload food donations from St. James School, and helped pack toiletry bags for clients.

These beautiful Easter bags were packed with donated goods the students brought in.

Additionally, volunteers donated and created lovely Easter baskets for our food pantry clients. These baskets will be distributed throughout the Easter season. “The Easter baskets contain an Easter prayer to make our clients (family, individuals, children, elders) be aware and feel the spirit of Easter — that Christ has Risen and alive in us,” reflects Sr. Annie, Volunteer Coordinator at Christ House.

Easter baskets for food pantry clients were lovingly packed by volunteers.

 

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Get Involved! We need you to join Catholic Charities in making a difference in the lives of the poor! There are a variety of ways to give back – with the St. Lucy Project and with all of our programs. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure are priceless. To volunteer with Catholic Charities, please sign up on our volunteer page or contact Sally O’Dwyer at (703) 841-3838 or SOdwyer@ccda.net. To make a financial donation, please make a gift online.

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