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Summer Bucket List

You can feel the excitement in the air because summer is here! School is out and many families will use the next few months taking trips and making memories together. Some people might even use this time to knock a few things off their "bucket list." The Society of St. Vincent de Paul came up with our own summer "bucket list" of things to do before the summer ends. So, go ahead and live on the edge and see how many you can do or make some of your own.

1. Clean out that closet, garage or storage room you have been meaning to get to. Set aside things you don't need and are willing to donate.
2. Call Meals on Wheels and volunteer to deliver meals with a friend, family or your children. (Call 267-0122, you can volunteer one time or several times.)
3. Drop off new or used cups to Blessed Sacrament parish office. Harbor House is a shelter for abused women and children and they are in need of cups to use with their meals.
4. Check out the Go Board located in the back of the church or in Bishop's Hall. Find something that interests you.
5. Smile at a stranger.
6. Have a lemonade stand with your children. Donate some of the money to a charity of their choice.
7. Prepare a breakfast for the residents at St. Anthony Shelter; look in the bulletin for details.
8. Help with the hygiene drive in August.
9. Call an old friend.
10. Call St. Anthony's Family Shelter and offer to provide a treat for their Family Game Night. It is held on Friday's in the game room. 264-7233
11. Contribute to the Blessed Sacrament kid's weekend food program. Food of the month is always listed in the church bulletin.
12. Visit somebody in a retirement home.
13. Attend a Father Kapaun Mass. They are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Spiritual Life Center. The Mass time is 7:00 p.m., chapel is located at the far East end of the complex.
14. Pass out bottles of cold water at Naftzger Park or in the parking lot of Open Door Resource Center located at 2nd and Topeka.
15. Donate new, round, table cloths of any color or new Crayola markers to the Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program. They can be dropped off between the hours of 8-4, Monday through Friday at 5920 W. Central.
16. Donate new or used wash cloths for SVdP to hand out to our homeless brothers and sisters this summer. We will soak them in water and keep in coolers to distribute on 100+ days. Better yet.....join us when we do this.
17. Keep the shampoos, soaps, etc...from your hotel rooms this summer. Donate them to the August hygiene drive.
18. Check out the 24/7 website and see how one woman in Wichita is making a difference to women living on the street.
19. Forgive somebody.
20. Do you know a person that struggles financially? Drop off a grocery bag of toilet paper, paper towels, tooth paste, soap, laundry detergent, brushes or basically any toiletry item. (Food stamps do not cover any of the above.) For fun, place it on their porch, ring the doorbell and hide; try to catch a glimpse of their reaction, it will be priceless.
21. Donate new or used twin sheets to Interfaith Inn located at 320 E. Central.
22. When shopping for "going back to school" supplies, grab a few extra to donate.  There are many back to school supply drives that will be more than happy to receive the donations.
23. Be kind.
24. Have your children draw a picture or write a letter for our military men and women. Take them to the parish office and we will take it from there.
25. Accompany us on a Sunday afternoon serving a meal to the poor......then try not to judge the people you are serving. It is more difficult than it sounds.
26. Clean up a mess that you didn't make.
27. Hold the door for somebody.
28. Catholic Charities Immigration Services is in need of new children's books and toys for their waiting area. They are located at 437 N. Topeka and are open from 8-4, Monday through Friday. You can call 269-3900 for more information.
29. Summer is busy; make it a point to have family time.
30. Be thankful for what you have.

We hope you have a wonderful summer and as always, we thank you for your continued support.
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