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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Thank you and God bless!
Posted: Deborah Boyce
Categories: 2017 Media Releases, 2018 Media Releases, Catholic Charities, Charities Events, Charities in the News, Charities Stories of Hope, Charities Stories of Hope with Photos, Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center, Helping Hands of St. Louis Stories of Hope, Press Releases
TOLEDO, OH—You’re invited to the next Catholic Business Network breakfast, Thursday, April 26. Richard Lane, Catholic evangelist and son of NFL Hall of Fame legend Dick “Night Train” Lane, continues our quarterly breakfast speaker series with his talk,“Encountering the Lord Personally.”
The free event will be held at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, 4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by hour-long program at 7:30 a.m.
Limited seating is available, so please register early.
For more information, call Kate Pomrenke at 419.214.4898; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAUMEE, OH— Join us! Catholic Charities Spring Gala: “I Served A Saint” with Mario Enzler & Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Both men will share their experiences serving under Pope John Paul II.
Keynote speaker Mario Enzler will share how his experiences serving as a member of the Vatican’s elite military corps, the Swiss Guard, and his relationship with Pope John Paul II, transformed him personally and professionally to become a better man, executive, and leader. He is currently a professor at The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America.
Also speaking will be The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, who also served under Pope John Paul II for 15 years as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See, Vatican City State, and as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy. On March 9, 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and later named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II on March 19, 2005.
A VIP Reception for event sponsors with Mario Enzler and Bishop Thomas begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m. Purchase Dinner Tickets Online through Monday, April 9, 2018.
Attendees will choose their entree the night of the Gala from these options:
- Sautéed Boneless Chicken Breast served with Marsala
- Filet of Beef topped with Garlic Butter
- Spinach Ravioli served with Marinara
Help Catholic Charities raise funds to meet the increasing need for food, shelter, medical care and more. Our transformative ministries provide help and hope to over 45,000 individuals of all faiths, annually, in the 19-county Diocese of Toledo.
TOLEDO, OH—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer to end abortion, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio comes together for the 40 Days for Life Spring Prayer Vigil hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life Ministry.
We’ll gather at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo’s last remaining abortion clinic. We’ll pray and witness to bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life.
May our prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life. Fight for Life! Sign our petition at: www.petition.life!
Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 750,000 volunteers in over 40 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, nearly 14,000 babies have been saved from abortion, 170 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 90 abortion facilities have shut down!
Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio! For more information visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo. Or email Peter Range, Office for Life & Justice Director at email@example.com.
Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas and the U.S. Bishops are calling for a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers on Monday, February 26, asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in a joint statement said:
“We are deeply disappointed the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.
“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”