July 26, 2020
On behalf of the parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, I write to thank The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club [SFEC] for their generous support of our Parish Food Pantry. A few weeks ago the SFEC ran a Food Drive which was a great success!!
President Herb Hollinger of SFEC had thanked everyone who helped make it happen on the SFEC FaceBook page. He wrote:
The SFEC would like to thank the Strathmere and Whale Beach community for showing their generosity for the very successful July 4th Food Drive with donations of food and money. Herb Hollinger, Randy Roash, Richie Hollinger and Scott Oliver spent their day receiving donations at two collection points. Not knowing what to expect, they were thrilled to see a mountain of food by the end of the day. Not only that, but over $5,000 was received in donations to the Food Pantry at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church in Marmora. It was heartwarming to see parents bringing their kids along to teach them the spirit of helping others. Food Pantry Director Jacquie Olansen was overjoyed at the amount of food and money that was delivered at the end of the day. She asked us to thank everyone.
Thanks to the Strathmere Improvement Association for their generosity and help in promoting this special event. We also appreciate Dave and Sue Ernst as they provided their support along with the Ocean Beach Trailer Park community. As always, we are thankful to the Strathmere Fire Company for use of their property.
SFEC Executive Board
Herb Hollinger, President
While I acknowledge I take the risk of singling out one initiative from the so many individuals and organizations who are so generous to our Food Pantry (and other social service/pastoral events) throughout the year, I thought it valuable to share the enthusiasm of those who participated in facilitating this food drive.
Consider that Mr. Hollinger used words such as “thrilled” and “heartwarming” to describe the feelings of those who undertook this effort. It reminds me of the blessings that are experienced by those who care for those in need. It truly is better to give than to receive.
I use this occasion to thank all who support our many parish initiatives to attend to our sisters and brothers in need. May you know the reward of being a servant to Christ and his people; "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Mt 25:40),
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