Peace & Social Justice Commission during the Pandemic

July 2020

Greetings from Peace and Social Justice,

During this shut down, Peace and Social Justice has taken three sizable distributions of food from donations provided by generous St Ann’s parishioners. This week, in fact, we provided the Food Pantry with SCRIP grocery cards totaling $1,850.00.  Please clink on the included link to a nice Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry Thank You Letter.  This “exhausted” the funds we collected through the annual bake sale. But we hope, with your help, to continue assisting those in our community, as many require support during this stressful time.

The good sisters at Sojourner Truth House in Gary have finally been allowed to reopen—though in a very restricted manner. P&SJ has already been able to deliver household items from a donor at St. Ann. Right now, Sojourner Truth House is only able to take items easily washed or disinfected, such as household and kitchen goods. And their greatest immediate need is quite rudimentary—toilet paper. Is this something small we can work on together? The church is open mornings during office hours for drop-offs. (Or, I’d be happy to hear from you and pick up your food or toilet paper donations at another location; 773-391-5673.)

Thank you for all you have done in the past. We are humbled by your love and generosity and look forward to seeing you at St. Ann’s in the near future.

Perry Cartwright
St Ann Peace & Social Justice Commission

 

June 2020

Even while our Lenten Food Drive, sponsored by the Peace and Social Justice Commission, has ended, the Westchester Food Pantry is still in need and accepting monetary donations.

The simplest way is to make your check payable to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry and mail it directly to them at P.O. Box 902, Chesterton, IN 46304.   Please note that it is from a St. Ann Parishioner in the Memo section. You may also contact them by phone at: (219) 787-8475.

Perry Cartwright has generously offered to coordinate parish donations during the pandemic.  You may contact Perry by phone at (773) 391-5673 or by email at f1fan2000@gmail.com for more information.

Here’s a photo of Perry delivering food to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry a few weeks back —all from the Lenten food drive:

Thank you in advance on behalf of the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry!