This past week, the Everest Collegiate High School student government volunteered to help with the Ladies of Charity’s Christmas Meal box preparation. Together, the volunteers filled over 348 boxes of food which will help serve 124 families referred to the organization by local parishes and social workers. The students of EC feel blessed to have been able to contribute to this service opportunity.
Rebecca Luttinen, EC Student Government President, spoke about the experience: “It was inspiring to be part of this project. The assembly line of people packing and moving the boxes helped us prepare Christmas meals for many families. We also noticed that some of the boxes were going to children who have a parent in jail. Hopefully those kids will smile when they see the food and toys the Ladies of Charity will bring to them for Christmas.”
The Ladies of Charity is the oldest Catholic laywoman’s organization in the world. Since its origin in seventeenth century France, the members of the organization have followed the example of their founder, St. Vincent de Paul, in daily prayer and personal service to the poor. The Ladies of Charity seek every opportunity to make Christ present in the world by serving people’s material and spiritual needs. Their compassionate respond to human misery, selfless sacrifice and perseverance bring dignity to each person they serve.
The Oakland County Association of the Ladies of Charity was established in 1965 and has grown from a group of thirty to over three hundred dedicated women. Every year, tens of thousands of individuals are served by the work of the Ladies of Charity. They operate a Clothes Closet and Food Pantry on the campus of St. Hugo of the Hills parish and fill thousands of orders presented by social workers who make home visits. In addition to Christmas aid, the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry also provide Easter and Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of people each year. For more information about Ladies of Charity visit http://aic.ladiesofcharity.us/ .