The March of Volunteers
Our very own Paul, Kelly, and Barbara deliver the boxes to residents.
Abbey Vincent recently turned 12. For her birthday, she wanted to do something positive in the community. Instead of presents for herself, Abbey asked her friends to bring donations of dog food and supplies for the local animal shelter. Together, they were able to collect 50 bags of dog food and a nice monetary donation to help the furry, four-legged less fortunate.
So successful was the birthday endeavor, that it inspired Abbey and her BFFs from St. George’s Independent School to do more. The sixth graders decided to choose a charitable cause each month and do whatever they could to help out.
This past month, Abbey and her friends Megan, Lauren and Sophie decided to focus their attention on the elderly and disabled in our service area that were especially in financial need. Abbey’s mother, Shirley, who has been a generous supporter of Sacred Heart Southern Missions for several years through in-kind donations, suggested making food boxes for the residents SHSM serves in Tunica’s Golden Estates community.
Rallying the crew, the girls were able to collect 378 pounds of food in a matter of two days. They assembled 31 boxes, one for each resident of the low-income apartment community. Pantry staples of peanut butter, tuna, oatmeal, cereal bars, soup and more filled the cartons. Still not satisfied, the young philanthropists decided to make homemade cards and pictures in order to make their gifts extra special.
The boxes were delivered soon thereafter by SHSM staff, much to the delight of the Golden Estates residents. Each carton was met with a smiling face and hearty thank you. A few were even met with tears. Several residents remarked how timely the food arrived, as their pantry shelves were nearly empty.
Thank you Abbey, Megan, Lauren and Sophie for making such a difference in the lives of those in need!