A load of stuffed animals is on its way to a shelter for women and children in Washington Park and three big boxes of individual hygiene kits will be distributed to the homeless in East St. Louis thanks to the generosity of Volunteer Services and Mission Integration at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Displaying the collection were Volunteers Mary Deiters and Norma Tucker of Carlyle, Mission Integration Committee Co-Chair Sue Darr and Volunteer Karla Givens of Breese. Hospital volunteers accept stuffed animals donated by area residents throughout the year, clean them up, replace clothing and trim, add “adoption” papers and package each in a clean plastic bag. The hygiene kits, in a sealable plastic gallon bag, included toiletry items along with new socks or tee-shirt.
Tom Herrmann (right) and Steve Dressler (left) of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, filled an SUV with stuffed animals and hygiene kits donated by Volunteer Services and Mission Integration at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. The stuffed animals are going to a women’s shelter in Washington Park; the hygiene kits are for the homeless in East St. Louis. Herrmann and Dressler thanked the hospital for the donations, saying the need is always great, Sue Darr (center), co-chair of the hospital’s Mission Integration Committee, organized the donations. “I remember the verse from Matthew 25: ‘…inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me,’ and am glad our hospital can assist these two groups, especially at this time of the year,” she said.