STM Delivers 100 Buckets of Hope
By Deacon Sal
The coolness of Christmas was in the air the third week of Advent. Light rain blessed the parched earth and the wind brushed against faces of those who braved this change in our climate. But the weather was of no consequence, for STM parishioners had a purpose, that to bring cleaning supplies which will be sent to those still suffering the effects of recent hurricanes. They came laden down with bags and boxes full, in the hope to fill 100 Buckets of Hope bound for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
With authority from the Office of the Diaconate, Deacon Sal developed and established this program here in the Diocese of Phoenix. It is the same program that he successfully ran within the Archdiocese of Chicago before retiring to Arizona. Co-chairing the program with Deacon Richard Kijewski, 14 different cleaning supply items were collected for each bucket and placed into the utility wash pails to be sent to those suffering the effects of recent hurricanes. Seven parishes across the diocese including St. Thomas More collected more than 50,000 items which were packed into 500 buckets and readied for shipment. Each bucket had a quantity of 14 articles totaling about 100 individual items. There was also a note of encouragement hand written by a parishioner.
The program began November 20th and ended Dec 20, 2017. Target parishes received cleaning items from nearby parishes who elected to join the program. Then the target parishes who had received the donated buckets would fill each with the proper supplies and seal the lids. A St. Vincent DePaul truck picked up the buckets, which were placed on pallets and made ready for shipment. A local trucking company will transport the buckets to the needed states for delivery. Those bound for Puerto Rico, would be sent by ship, through Catholic Charities USA.
We received the buckets from M & M industries, and the cartage from St. Vincent De Paul and Catholic Charities USA. The biggest gift was all of you who gave so generously to fill these buckets with so much enthusiasm and love. We all worked together to provide hope to so many in despair. With this work, you surely have brought the spirit of Christmas and the hope of a promising New Year into the homes of many.
December 31, 2017