Just a friendly reminder, but the Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent De Paul is holding our annual summer drive for food, hygiene items, and diapers, that we will distribute to those who are less fortunate. Suggested donation items were listed in a flyer in last week's bulletin. We received a late plea from Our Daily Bread food pantry specifically requesting breakfast food items, such as cereal, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars etc., so please consider donations of those if you are so inclined.
Although the heat index last Sunday was 104°, hard-working volunteers from Blessed Sacrament helped serve lunch and water to 150 poor and homeless people in Riverside Park and Nafzger park. Thanks to all the volunteers, including several young people from Blessed Sacrament, and thanks to all the donors, who make this possible. Through our involvement in serving lunch to that population over the years, we have made friends with many of them. We were able to recently buy a new bicycle for one homeless US veteran, and help coordinate a generous donation from Invio Fine Furniture of a used sofa for a Vietnam war veteran who lives in an inexpensive downtown apartment.
Blessings to all who donated food and helped serve the St. Vincent de Paul breakfast last weekend at St. Anthony's family shelter. This is the fourth year in a row we have served monthly breakfast and it wouldn't be possible without her generous parishioners.