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Donations at Local Church for Those With Losses to Sandy 'Reassuring'

The Lacey United Methodist Church will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday

Loren Delutri’s eyes teared as she packed toiletries at the Lacey United Methodist Church.

The church is filled with donations of supplies and clothing for those residents in need.

“It’s reassuring that swarms of people are donating stuff,” Delutri said. “And it’s good stuff…People are going out and spending their money in this bad economy.”

A tree hit Delutri’s home during the storm. She still doesn’t have power and with an autistic child, she needed a secure and warm place to stay and that’s at the United Methodist Church where she is also volunteering.

“The best thing that I can do is stay here and help out,” she said.

The number of families staying at the church is hard to say because people are in and out—many have been invited to find shelter in homes by total strangers, she said.

Volunteers at the church are putting together care packages for children and adults, including those similar to Operation Shoebox for the troops with razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other necessities.

Children’s packages include a “trick or treat” special since Halloween was postponed.

The Church has coats, jackets and other clothing items—“anything these people lost,” Delutri said.

Tonight the church will be serving a corn beef dinner. The church has heat, power, outlets, showers and laundry services.

Breakfast is at 7 a.m., lunch is at noon and dinner is at 6 p.m.

“We’re feeding everybody,” Delutri said.

The German Butcher has donated lunch and Meat BBQ has donated dinner for up to 500 people for Saturday. 

Other businesses such as Applebee’s, Walmart, ShopRite, Anthony’s Pizza and D'Amato Bakery have also donated.

St. Pius Parishioner November 06, 2012 at 01:31 PM
What a disturbing commentary that those who are uninformed are saying about St. Pius X Church. St Pius X has been helping people since last week. They have been delivering food to the home bound, going shopping for them, matching up people who have lost power or their homes to families who are willing to open their homes up to them. They have cut down trees and removed debris. They have opened their Parish Hall from 8am-5pm and serve food, have clothing, shoes, blankets, coats, baby items, toiletries, etc.They are doing laundry, giving food to anyone who comes in. They have gone to people's home door to door that they have not been able to reach on the phone. They have helped relatives try and find loved ones that they lost contact with.The list is endless. People from other Churches that are no longer open have both been given donations and are helping in the Relief Center. The Samaritan Ministry of St. Pius X have been helping people all year, not just during this emergency. My family and I are VERY PROUD Parishioners of St. Pius X, their Pastor, their Staff who have been working tirelessly to help anyone in need. Thanks to ALL the Churches, Organizations, Restaurants, Vendors and everyday Volunteers who put their time & money into actually helping this Community. May God Bless Us All!
Another St. Pius Parishioner November 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is all very disturbing . I am a St .Pius X Parishioner as well. If you do not attend our Church, how can you base comments on what you do not know. As stated above, as Parshioners we stick together and help all. My Family is also VERY PROUD to be a member of St.PIUS X CHURCH! We love our Pastor and all the Staff!! God Bless
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:37 AM
@John ... I think you really ought to sit down and have a glass of water
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:43 AM
@ John ... Me Thinks you ought to sit down and have a glass of water
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
AMEN!

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