During this holiday season, I have noticed the word ‘joy’ so many times, in so many places – in decorations, displays, and cards – everywhere! And if ever there was a year in which we needed to experience joy, it certainly was 2020. So much loss, suffering, anxiety and fear surrounding us on all sides.
Here at St. Joseph’s, the generosity of our parishioners made joy a reality, not just a word in blinking holiday lights, for our neighbors in need. Over 500 families known to the Parish Outreach offices at Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead and the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt received supermarket gift cards via our Sponsor a Family program enabling them to buy what they needed for their holiday dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas. And 75 families from Our Lady of Loretto received store gift cards via our Giving Tree program allowing them to choose gifts for each family member. We also delivered 75 poinsettia plants to our homebound parishioners and to those who were widowed during this past year.
Here are some words of thanks and appreciation that we have received: “It gives me great pleasure to let you know of our sincere appreciation for the support given to our family --it means so much…thank you so very much; my children, my grandson and I are very grateful.” And from another family: “May God greatly multiply for you what you have done for those most in need.” The PSM Director in Roosevelt writes: “Because of COVID, things are working differently, but it doesn’t mean that our clients will receive any less. The generosity of your parishioners for the less fortunate is a true Blessing, especially at this time of year.” A homebound communicant writes: “Thank you so much for thinking of me at Christmas with a pretty poinsettia plant!” And a widow shares that her “sad afternoon” was brightened by a visitor with a poinsettia: “God bless you all and keep you safe.”
THANK YOU to all who helped make joy a reality for those in need during this holiday season – sponsors, donors, drivers, committee members -- “God bless you all and keep you safe.”