The Ladies of St. Ignatius in January delivered toiletries that were collected thru the last half of 2019 to Each One Feed One, an organization that provides food and personal hygiene items to the homeless and the elderly.
In February, we held our annual baby shower to help the Forestville Pregnancy Center and Elizabeth Arms. Our sewing group supplied us with an overwhelming number of hand-made blankets, sweaters, hats, and booties. We also collected diapers, clothing, and baby toiletries. This is our 8th year for this baby drive, and we are incredibly happy with the amount of goods we were able to give to both centers.
At the end of March, our ladies helped our parish priest make phone calls to all parishioners in our two parishes. Our goal was to check to see if they were doing ok during the pandemic and to see if they needed groceries or medicine.
Our Lenten food drive was cancelled in March due to COVID-19, so beginning on April 1st with the help of our parish priest, we started our Pandemic Food Drive. We sent out email letters to parishioners from both of our parishes to collect money for the local food pantries. We were very blessed to receive over $4,500. We were able to help numerous pantries, shelters, & nursing homes in the area that have a greater need than normal due to the virus.
As things try to get back to some normalcy in the second half of 2020, we as Ladies of Charity, will do what we can to help our neighbors in need.
Submitted by: Diana Gritz
President, St. Ignatius of Loyola LOC