St. Columban’s on the Lake continued its tradition of community service with its fourth Touch of Love project, a community service initiative that focuses on the needs of different people and groups in the local community. In years past, Touch of Love projects have benefitted the Lakeshore Humane Society in Dunkirk, Agnes House in Jamestown and St. Luke’s Mission in Buffalo.
This year residents, volunteers, families and staff, coordinated by volunteer Candace Kuppel, created what they called “Blessing Baskets” for the survivors of Hurricane Maria who are relocating from Puerto Rico to Chautauqua County. Each basket contained basic toiletries, some contained food donations, and others contained clothing. Then they were festively wrapped and delivered to the Hurricane Relief Center in Dunkirk on Monday, November 27th.
“When we heard that hurricane survivors from Puerto Rico were coming to the area for aid,” said Sue McAvoy, Activities Director for St. Columban’s on the Lake, “our residents knew they wanted to help make them feel welcome and give them hope. Our ‘Blessing Baskets’ will help meet basic needs since many people have arrived with nothing but the clothing on their backs.”
St. Columban’s on the Lake worked closely with Dunkirk City Clerk, Victor Ramos, who accepted the “Blessing Baskets” on behalf of the many men and women they will benefit as they begin receiving support and resources from the Hurricane Relief Center.
Local residents can learn more about the Hurricane Relief Center at (716) 366-0453. Learn more about Touch of Love projects by calling St. Columban’s on the Lake at (716) 934-4515.