Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Host Pre-Holiday Food & Toiletry Drive
The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are sponsoring a pre-holiday food/toiletry drive. The event began on the first day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Saturday, November 10, 2018, and will continue until Monday, December 3, 2018. Non-perishable food items, toiletries, and monetary contributions are being received at the sisters’ motherhouse, Caritas Christi, located at 129 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg. Donations will benefit Feeding the Spirit, a non-profit group that addresses human crises and provides long-term solutions by reducing barriers to housing, employment, and food security in our Greensburg community.
At the heart of the Feeding the Spirit’s mission is an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and respect for each individual. Since November 2011, the organization welcomed the homeless and hungry of our region for supper at the Otterbein Methodist Church each Thursday evening. The weekly meals, donated and served by numerous benefactors and volunteers, offer warmth, nourishment, friendship, and fellowship to those who are struggling to survive in a world that often leaves them behind. During the organization’s first seven years, 25,760 meals were served. Last year alone, the organization served 4,151 meals, provided $29,595 to assist 500 displaced families and individuals in need of overnight shelter, and allocated $25,847 to help 182 families facing rent problems and/or eviction.
Feeding the Spirit also helps the community by offering assistance in the following ways:
- Offsetting copays and medication costs;
- Subsidizing utility payments to avoid service shut-offs;
- Securing household items, furniture, groceries, toys, books, and infant clothing;
- Providing hygiene items;
- Supplying bus passes for transportation;
- Offering community scholarship funds.
One of the distinguishing features of Feeding the Spirit is that the non-profit accepts no government funding, and is at liberty to assist anyone and everyone, without restriction or limitation. As a grassroots organization that must be mindful of spending, Feeding the Spirit works in conjunction with other organizations of the region that are equally committed to serving the homeless, marginalized, and disenfranchised in our community in order to avoid duplication of services that include temporary housing and distribution of goods.
Questions about the food/toiletry drive will be taken at 724-836-0406, ext. 6613. Learn more about the generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers who support the good work of Feeding the Spirit at www.feedspirit.org. Go to www.hhweek.org for more information about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.