GUEST COLUMN: Catholic Charities gives thanks for generosity of community

Christmas is a time of wonder and joy for most of us.  However, many of the seniors that Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) serves through our annual Christmas Blessing project, a community supported project, are homebound and low-income.  Winter months are a tough time of year for our vulnerable seniors who have to contend with higher utility costs that affect their ability to purchase food or life-saving medications on their limited incomes. We often hear, too, that they feel forgotten during this time of year and are so overjoyed when they receive their special Christmas delivery.

LCCC Board of Directors and co-workers have seen a tremendous outpouring of love and help during this great time of unknown and crisis with COVID-19 through generous donations of funds, items and through volunteer time for our annual Christmas Blessing project.  This project brings help, hope and love to local homebound and low-income seniors.

We are truly grateful to all of our community partners who stepped up to help many of our county’s most vulnerable seniors, even as many of you struggle.  This year, 6 volunteers and a number of staff spent 181 hours soliciting, receiving and packaging the numerous donations at the Marion Township Hall as they readied for the deliveries.  During December 9th – 11th, 71 cheer-filled volunteers delivered the generously donated items in the Christmas Blessing boxes to 170 seniors while also spreading love and cheer.

Community volunteers along with LCCC staff began planning LCCC’s annual Christmas Blessing project as early as August. They worked tirelessly in the community seeking donations of food, paper products, grants and cash with a combined value exceeding $21,000; then packing and delivering the food boxes with hygiene products, paper and cleaning products. One of our delivery volunteers, local business owner Kate Lawrence of Lawrence Auto Body Shop and county commissioner, shares, “I have always supported Catholic Charities and to have the opportunity to deliver Christmas Love to our seniors is an honor.”

Suzi Snyder, director of senior services, shared that “in the last several years, this project has grown from serving 112 seniors to serving 170 this year, a 34% increase.”

She also shared that several of the volunteers reported that the seniors were tearful when they saw the packaged items. Each assisted individual or couple is either served through one of LCCC’s senior service programs or was referred through one of our many community partners and churches.

We gratefully share the list of the many donors and hope that you will support them in return. We are stronger as a community when we work together and support each other. This is an example of true collaboration between the community, LCCC and many other concerned individuals and organizations. We are truly thankful for this support on behalf of the people that we serve. Thank you and God Bless!

Alliance Catholic Credit Union

Amazon Wish List Supporters

Amman Family

Justin & Michelle Anderson

Arbenowski Family

John & Kathi Backhuus

Therese Brennan

Celeste Brooks

Brighton Up Bakery

Laura Campbell

Catholic Foundation of Michigan

Coalition of Oral Health for Aging

Cowdrey Family

Barb & Richard Czarnota

Dearborn Sausage Co.

Dan Hall—Pinckney Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Extreme Machine

Friend of the Court

Gleaners

Carol Griffith – Griffith Realty

Hartland Lions Club

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Robert Jagow Jr.

Penny Jones

K of C #2659

K of C #7304

K of C #11761

Bette Klann

Janet Kosiba

Gary Kozyra

Krazy Kookie Momma

Bob & Kay Kuch

Rob & Deb Kwapisz

LCCC Employees

Chris Larson

Marion Township Hall

Scott & Cheryl McLeay

Thersia Mendolia

Sherry Meyers

Linda Myers

Georgianna Paul

Jim and Charlotte Ratke

Michael & Joleen Rebarchik

Pat Reimer

Sue Remer-Smith

Chris & Richard Romanowski,

Shepherd of the Lakes

Marie Sheridan

Splashy Sweets

St. Agnes Christian Service Committee

Prayer Shawl Committee & Parishioners

St. Augustine Parishioners

Jackie St. Germain

St. Joseph School & Quilters

St. John the Baptist Parishioners & 59er Club

St. Mary Parishioners

St. Mary Magdalen Parishioners

St. Patrick School Families

St. Patrick Christian Service & Parishioners

St. Joseph Mercy – Family Medicine Program

Brad Jones – Strickler Jones Financial

Universal Container Corp.

Wysocki Family

Some of the recipients shared with us their joy over receiving the care packages:

  • “Thank you very much.  I don’t know how to say it, but thank you very much.  I really, really, really appreciate it. You almost got me crying. I just never had anybody give me that much.”
  • “I just wanted to leave a message thanking you and everyone for the generous Christmas gifts.  They were outstanding, awesome, and thoughtful and kind of all of you. In return, I wish everyone a very happy, merry, healthy Christmas and New year.  Thank you so much.  Words escape me. I thank you and God bless you all.”
  • “You are humble calling it a Christmas Basket, it is so much more. Thank you so much.”

Livingston County Catholic Charities

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