Junior School Food Drive
Mrs. Hartnett writes...
Beginning Monday, November 3, and ending at noon on Thursday, November 13, we are having a food drive here at in the Junior School. The food that is collected will be donated to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Program of Catholic Charities, St. Louis. The Cardinal Ritter Program, entitled “We Care and We Share,” serves the needs of senior citizens living in Section 8 housing in St. Louis, and I can assure you that the urgency is very, very real. City-wide and nation-wide, food pantry supplies are woefully inadequate to meet even the most basic of needs.
From a provided list of the most critically needed items, I have created a mini “shopping list” (click here) for each advisory (and although cookies and sweets were not on the original list, I added them – a sweet treat is a luxury enjoyed by everyone.) I am hopeful that each Priory family can buy at least one of each item on their list (although in this case, more is absolutely a good thing) and bring it to the Junior School by November 13.
Two years ago, when we helped Cardinal Ritter with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up outside the Senior Services Center two days in advance of our delivery, and they had to be told not to wait outside shivering in the cold for the food that was arriving. When I think of the elderly, perhaps someone’s grandma or grandpa, standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet resolution, my heart breaks.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a wonderful organization which serves some of the most disenfranchised and desperate families in the metropolitan area. The food which we will donate will help to address the incredibly bleak recurrent prospect of hunger among some of our most fragile brothers and sisters. I can assure you that our kindness to the hungry is a great blessing to those for whom the next meal is often an illusion. But as we know, Christ is not an illusion. Please “see Christ and be Christ” by participating in this most worthwhile assistance program.