Thanks to the generosity of so many parishioners and the Women’s Network, St. Francis was able to distribute over 100 backpacks full of school supplies to children in need.  These children are already in programs with the Inter Faith Food Shuttle, Passage Home, Ronald McDonald House, WIHN, and the Food Pantry at Our Lady of the Rosary in Louisburg. In fact, the Inter Faith Food Shuttle received 376 pounds of school supplies.  And thanks to the hard work of several members of the Women’s Network, we were able to organize mountains of supplies into the backpacks with extra supplies left over. 

One of the highlights of this year’s drive was the story of Evelyn Hemedinger. Her birthday was during the Backpack Drive, so she took one of the cards listing all the items needed for the backpacks, and gave it to her friends. She asked them to buy those items for a backpack they could donate rather than buy presents for her.  Awesome job, Evelyn and friends!

This is one of our annual Justice and Peace efforts. For more information about these ministries, please visit the Franciscan Coalition website.

Also, see Good News article in Durham newspaper Durham Herald Sun here.