‘A really big ham’

Part of this job’s charm is the chance to connect people who want to do good things for others.  Each year, The Compass runs listings of various churches and groups that offer free holiday meals for Easter, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Each year, other people call the diocese, asking if there is some place where they can volunteer to help with a meal on the holidays. The list helps us connect them with the groups.

This year, I received a call from a woman who wanted to donate a ham. A big ham. Every year, she said, her son gives free holiday hams to his employees. He also gives her and her brother one ham each. It’s too big for one person, she said, when she called me to see where she could donate the ham. “But it’s a really good ham.”

Several of the groups putting on holiday meals need hams, as do local groups that feed the homeless and all the poor every day. So I was able to give her some phone numbers.

As I hung up, it reminded me that if everyone does one small thing to help others, it can really add up.

If you want to help at a meal, or would like a meal yourself, here is our Easter list: goo.gl/6u9nIR

About Patricia Kasten

Kasten is the author of “Linking Your Beads, The Rosary’s History, Mysteries and Prayers,” published by Our Sunday Visitor Press.  Her newest book, on sainthood – “Making Sense of Saints. Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Saint-Making and More“, was published by OSV in Spring 2014.  She is also a puzzle-smith. Her weekly Scripture Search puzzle (see The Compass) and bi-weekly The Cross Word, both based on the Sunday readings, appear in Catholic newspapers and parish bulletins around the country.