Consider helping Healing Haiti and Reiser Relief for your Marathon Act of Service!
Fr. Talbot and a team of missionaries are traveling to Haiti from October 20-27, 2014 with the groups Healing Haiti and Reiser Relief. Both of these groups have connections to St. Mary of the Lake. Our parishioner, Mary Welle, is one of the leaders of Healing Haiti and has traveled there many times. Healing Haiti was founded by local White Bear Lake resident Jeffrey Gacek; Reiser Relief is named after Fr. Bernie Reiser, the former assistant pastor at St. Mary of the Lake, who did so much good for the people of Haiti.
We will be visiting orphanages, eldercare, hospitals and schools.
The following items are needed for our trip:
- baby bottles
- small baby blankets
- baby formula (any kind, any size)
- baby t-shirts
- baby lotion and wash (small bottles)
- baby washcloths
- disposable diapers
- Black boys’ socks in various sizes (the kind that fold over at the ankle)
We will also be collecting socks for school kids. We will be buying the girls socks because we are sewing lace on them and need to get started on that project. If you would like to help with sewing email [email protected]. We will need to collect boys black socks in various sizes for children between 4 and 14 years. The younger boys seem to be wearing the kind that fold over at the ankle and the older boys wear the short socks that barely come over the tops of their shoes.
Donations are due by: Oct. 10.
For questions about going to Haiti on a mission trip, contact:
Mary Kathleen Welle, Advocate for the Sick and Dying, Healing Haiti
[email protected] 651-426-2687 H 651-247-5044
For questions on donations, contact: Melissa Gacek
[email protected] 612-306-5405
You can bring these items to school and place in the giant red box by the office. We also need financial support to pay the fees for the extra luggage that will contain all of our items. It costs $40 for a second checked suitcase of up to 50 pounds. Checks should be made payable to St. Mary of the Lake with “Haiti Support” marked in the memo line. The children at Frassati Catholic Academy will be collecting these items as well. Please pray for the people of Haiti and those of us who will travel to be with them. Thanks for your support!!
Fr. Talbot, Mary Welle, Melissa Gacek