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SEPRL December News

December 9, 2020

Helping Hands Day
Ascension Church continued their Helping Hands project in October, removing tree stumps from the church grounds. Mike Sowko and John Roberts spent the day digging and hauling cuttings for disposal. A friend Jay Edwards, graciously volunteered his help and his backhoe to expedite the project. After removal and cleaning up, they leveled the grounds and prepared them for topsoil and seeding.

Donation Made
In October, Clairton delivered items collected for Sisters Place along with a Community Matching Funds check of $930.00. Director Patricia Wood was grateful for the contribution of needed items and the check that will help them provide more opportunities for families to increase their independence to overcome poverty and homelessness.

Honoring Veterans
St. John Cathedral in Munhall sponsored a Veterans Day recognition on Saturday, November 7 with Father Will Rupp and on Sunday, November 8 with Father Joel Barstad. Veterans in attendance were recognized and received a special blessing. Homemade cookies (individually wrapped) were passed out following services. Veterans Day was also recognized at Ascension Parish on Sunday, November 15. The children led the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America. Father Ivan Mina administered a special blessing for veterans and their families. All who donated items during the hospital drive received a chance to win a fall gift basket. Mike & LuAnn Sowko were the happy winners. A $5 gift card was the prize for those who donated six or most socks for the homeless veterans. The homemade cookies passed out at both churches were from “Operation Cookies Bakery” in Coraopolis. Part of the proceeds made by Operation Cookie benefit veterans in need. Items collected are still being sorted and will be delivered after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank Donation
Southeast Pittsburgh Regional Lodge collected food for Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank on the first two weekends in November. Barrels were dropped off and were overflowing by the end of the two week period. Members and parishioners donated over 700 pounds of food which equates to 990 meals for individuals using the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank services located in Duquesne, PA. It is a great feeling to help people especially this year with all the additional needs caused by the pandemic. Thanks to all who donated.

Hopeful Outlook for 2021
Interest in an annual meeting was low due to the concerns for health and safety of everyone. Officers and auditors will meet after the holidays to complete transactions for 2020 and set up a tentative schedule for 2021. Hopefully, the new year will bring us back together to enjoy activities, fellowship and volunteer opportunities.

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