The holidays may be past but the spirit of giving lives on in our community. Last Christmas as we enjoyed time with family and friends, exchanging gifts and making merry a group of elves were hard at work at St Eulalia’s Church in Roaring Brook Township.

St Eulalia’s is my church and I could not be prouder of the spirit of generosity that is strong and thriving in our congregation. All together St. Eulalia’s Church collected more than three hundred gifts for the residents of three local nursing homes. Gifts including socks, stuffed animals, personal hyenine items, and blankets were collected to bring joy and comfort to seniors who were away from home and maybe without anyone to share their holiday.

St. Eulalia’s parishioners also donated over fifty gifts for women and children from the Catherine McAuley House and the St. Eulalia’s sleigh project collected and wrapped gifts for sixty-eight children. The Sleigh Project gives St Eulalia’s parish families the opportunity to be an angle giver to a child whose parent is incarcerated in prison. Items like toys, clothes and books are donated to these children wrapped and ready for the children to receive on behalf of their parent. This year’s generosity was truly record breaking.

The giving did not stop there. Last fall parishioners collected 777 pairs of socks during “socktober”. The month of October is dedicated to collecting socks, for the homeless in the upcoming cold winter season. More than 6.1 tons of food was collected in 2018 to be dropped off to stock the food pantry that helps feed and comfort families in need. Donations of Easter and Christmas flowers were collected and delivered to the sick and shut-ins of our parish families.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary works of kindness and it’s a reminder to everyone that a little love goes along way. I couldn’t be prouder with what they have accomplish. For children who do not get a healthy lunch during the summer months, our parish will pack hundreds of lunches to be delivered to children in our community. I am proud to say that the spirit of giving is truly powerful in such a loving community trying to do good.