Winter Coat Drive in Memory of Beth Katsaros
Sunday, December 17 | Before and After all Masses
Drop-off will occur outside the Church before and after all masses
As you begin to clean out your closets and organize for the upcoming winter, we ask you to take a good look through your closets to see if you might have any coats or other winter wear (scarves, hats, gloves) in good condition that you would like to share for our Winter Coat Drive in the memory of Beth Katsaros for people who do not have the benefit of heat, shelter or money need adequate clothing to keep warm on those cold winter days and nights. Please donate your new or gently used adult-size coats and winter wear!
Drop-off will occur outside the Church before and after each mass. Volunteers will happily help accept your bags or boxes. Collections will be taken on Sunday, December 17 ONLY.
This Clothing Drive is named in memory of Beth Katsaros, a champion of the less fortunate. Beth was one of the original Family Advisory Board members, responsible for creating faith opportunities for the families of Old St. Patrick’s Church. Throughout her life, Beth was committed to nonprofit work, education and public housing. Upon learning of the assassination of a child from Cabrini-Green who was on his way to Sojourner Truth School, Beth made it a point of going to see the principal of that school. It became Beth’s mission to support the school, including raising money for their Drum Corps’ much needed uniforms and instruments. Appealing to the Old St. Patrick’s community, Beth was able to raise the needed monies and eventually bring the students here to gift us with their music during Mass. Soon afterward, Beth and Dee Leonard began collecting coats and winter clothing for the Sojourner Truth School families. Beth departed this life on January 20, 2001. Her daughter, Sarah, and young granddaughter now help sort clothes during our Clothing Drive. Beth’s passion, service, and activism live on in so many different ways. Even though the Sojourner Truth School is now closed, the need for winter clothing is great and extends throughout Chicago.
We ask you to please sign-up to volunteer by going to bit.ly/2zS4dR9, so we know how best to organize our helpers. Many thanks for your generosity and for helping to continue Beth’s mission! Sponsored by OSPNext. If you have any questions, please contact Will Olds at email@example.com or Denise Mol at firstname.lastname@example.org