Lourdes joins effort to feed hungry
OSHKOSH - Lourdes High School again joined millions in the United
States and Canada in helping to feed the hungry by encouraging
students and faculty to give one dollar or a can of soup the week
before Super Bowl Sunday.
The effort began in 1990 with the Senior High Youth Fellowship of
Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. The
partnership has grown from 22 churches the first year to 8,777
congregations in every U.S. state and Canadian province
generating $1.7 million this past year. More than $4.5 million
has been raised since the effort went national in 1993.
Elsa Hansen, vice president of the Lourdes Campus Ministry
Council, coordinated the fundraising project. This year, Hansen,
under the guidance of Campus Minister Kathie Geffers, extended
the project to Sacred Heart Parish in Oshkosh, where parishioners
were asked to donate food or one dollar on Super Bowl Sunday as
they left church.
Hansen and her committee, Angie Greidl, Vanessa Muza Tesky,
Allison Hilmer and Amy Benz, accepted the donations after the
Saturday and Sunday Masses. A total of 176 food products and $201
in cash were collected.
"This is the fifth year Lourdes has participated in this
worthwhile program," Geffers said. "And each year our collections
are donated to a different local food pantry. This year all money
and food products were given to St. Vincent de Paul Society's
Pantry. What a joy to see the 'spirit of giving' continue
throughout the New Year through this program. We are all summoned
to serve and this was a great way to do that."