|A stunned Sr. Connie
Q Co-Chair Kate Kleinart put it this way:
“We’re leaving St. Louis a little better than we found it.”
Attendees prepared bags of goodies and personal care items to give to the homeless and struggling families. The products were donated by Secular Franciscans across the country as well as by a few companies.
In fact, Friday afternoon saw an endless line of Franciscans stuffing “Blessing Bags” with various snacks, other goodies, socks and personal hygiene products. They filled 61 boxes with the bags, and then another 40 boxes with larger goodies, bars of soap and large containers of shampoo. The 101 boxes were to be handed over to St. Anthony Food Pantry, which serves over 800 families, including the homeless, in St. Louis.
|Sr. Connie with her van.
“We see the face of the incarnate Christ everyday” in the people they serve, she said, adding: “We see Christ here in all of you.”
While watching the last of the boxes literally being squeezed into the van, Sister Connie estimated that she and food pantry volunteer Janie Barton were hauling away about 4,000 pounds in donated goods – and well over 1,000 Blessing Bags.
Kleinart noted that the bags included holy cards bearing the message, “Filling this Blessing Bag for you has been a blessing for me! I will keep you in my prayers and ask St. Francis to keep you in his care.”