TOLEDO—Upwards of 40 volunteers will spend the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, washing children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. Face painting, games and children’s activities will keep the youngsters occupied as they wait their turn.
“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to nearly 300 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe.
Shrewsbery notes children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.
Various area churches, service groups and businesses are volunteering and many have donated new shoes and socks. Toledo Zoo Teens and AK Tube LLC, Walbridge, are the two largest volunteer groups, with teams of eight.
This year, over 300 pairs of new shoes were purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a church in Illinois. One group of girls raised over $1,500.
Hannah’s Socks donated new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by Buckeye Health, Herzing University, and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Books for Buddies” will be passing out new and gently used books for children.
Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible. Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions to are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or email email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
TOLEDO, OH—Join us for the next Catholic Business Network breakfast, Thursday, August 9. Jeff Barefoot, Founder/President, Ressourcement, Inc., continues our quarterly speaker series with “The Power and Freedom of Embracing Your Crosses.”
This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace.
The free event will be held at the Sullivan Center at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m., followed by hour-long program at 7:30 a.m.
Limited seating is available, so please register early online at Eventbrite Toledo: https://embracing-your-crosses-toledo.eventbrite.com
For more information, call Melissa Tonti at Catholic Charities, 419.214.4898.
MAUMEE, OH—Join us for fun and fellowship for the whole family from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Family Center, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH!
See what this new Catholic Charities family-friendly ministry’s all about! The Toledo-Northwest Ohio Life Runners chapter is open to people of all ages, 1 – 101!
“We gather to share in our common prayer to end abortion and to celebrate LIFE. Our motto is ‘All in Christ, For Pro-Life!” says Clarissa Lapinksi, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel Coordinator. “We will pray, run/walk, hear testimony, enjoy refreshments and welcome new members.”
A 5K route to run or a 1-mile walk will start at 10:30 a.m.
Attendees are asked to bring a baby item that will be donated to The Nest, a new Christian-based, free daycare center in Bowling Green, OH.
Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419.360.0504. Check out Toledo – NW OH LIFE Runners on Facebook!
To learn more about this event or the Diocese of Toledo’s Life Runners Chapter, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Project Rachel Coordinator, at 419.583.6817 or email email@example.com.
PERRYSBURG, OH—Join Northwest Ohio environmental advocates and leaders, Thurs., Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for Laudato Si’ Creation Care Team Training, at Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.
For more information, or to register, call Rae Bechtel at 419.214.4915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Posada Emergency Family Shelter seeks backpacks and school supplies donations for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, and families served at Helping Hands of St. Louis. Children will receive these school-year specific items at Catholic Charities 6th Annual Housing Support Picnic on Monday, August. 6.
Churches, service groups, organizations and businesses interested in participating are asked to please contact Willi Meyer, Catholic Charities Senior Residential Specialist at La Posada Emergency Family Shelter, at 419.244.5931; or email him at email@example.com for a complete list of needed items and make arrangements for donation pickups.
School Supply Wish List: Backpacks, 2# Pencils, Pens (black & blue), 24-pack Crayons, Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Pencil/Pen Pouches, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, 12-pack Colored Pencils, 8-pack Colored Washable Markers, Erasers, Highlighters, Loose Notebook paper (150 & 500 count), Dry Erase Markers, 12″ Rulers, 1″ Binders, One Subject Spiral Notebooks, Index Cards, Composition Notebooks, Scientific Calculators.
Thank you for your support of Catholic Charities ministries!
BEDFORD HILLS, MI—Looking for a great way to give back and help others this summer? Time to put together your team for the 15th Annual Helping Hands of St. Louis Golf Outing, on Saturday, July 28, at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
Our 4-person Scramble includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dog at the turn, beverage tickets, New York Strip Steak and Chicken dinner at completion of play, raffles and prizes! And the winning team’s names will be engraved on a trophy permanently displayed at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.
Early bird registration is $80 per person, if received by Saturday, July 7. Regular $90 per person registration begins Sunday, July 8 and runs through Saturday, July 21.
Not a golfer? Consider becoming a sponsor! All proceeds benefit Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Helping Hands Outreach Center’s ministries include a soup kitchen serving 250 meals daily. Our food pantry, clothing center, hot showers and hygiene products support low income and homeless families.
For more information on event sponsorship or to register a team, please contact SueShrewsbery (419) 691-0613, ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God bless!
Posted: Deborah Boyce
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