“We’re totally stuffed!” That’s how Croton resident Hallie Flannigan Wolfe describes her pickup loaded with food, diapers, construction supplies, cleaning supplies, and paint. They had to build a special cover to accomodate the large cargo.
Hallie and her husband, Phil, are leaving to drive down to New Orleans today. They’ll spend Thanksgiving helping people who were devastated by the hurricanes this fall. They’re meeting 30 volunteer workers who will use the supplies to paint and clean up Archbishop Shaw High School and surrounding houses in Marrero, LA. They’ll also deliver Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the area.
The Salesians of Don Bosco minister Archbishop Shaw High School, as well as St. Rosalie Parish and St. John Bosco Parish. All three are located on the West Bank and serve thousands of families in the area. The parishes and the school, as well as the many families they serve, experienced devastation and heartbreak as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
The Salesian Sisters also minister in the area at Immaculata High School, Immaculate Conception School, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor School. These ministries suffered similar devastation.
The Salesian Office of Youth Ministry, under the direction of Fr. Steve Ryan, SDB, Kenny Wodzanowski, and Nicholas Magrogan, are coordinating this effort to help Salesian ministries and their families in New Orleans.
Donations can be made to:
Also suffering are the victims of the earthquake in South Asia. You can help by contributing to Dr. Saleem Mir’s Blanket Collection Drive to provide warm coats for the victims of that disaster.