St. Gabriel Church Girl Scouts set food donation record
CHARLOTTE — St. Gabriel Parish Girl Scouts recently collected 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food for Catholic Social Services' food pantry – the largest one-month donation ever for the parish's "Share Sunday" initiative.
To commemorate 100 years of Scouting, the Girl Scouts, led by Troop 559, took on the task of emphasizing community support at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte by actively participating in the Share Sunday Food Drive on Feb. 25. This monthly Share Sunday campaign at St. Gabriel collects non-perishable food during Sunday Masses and then delivers the food on Monday to the Catholic Social Services food pantry.
The Girl Scouts' involvement began the week earlier by distributing Harris Teeter donated shopping bags with a note attached about their activity to give St. Gabriel parishioners. This effort increased normal food donations by about 40 percent. Their activities continued with collecting, weighing, carrying and transporting the food to the Catholic Social Services food pantry in Charlotte, where the Scouts also helped restock the pantry shelves.
"Collaborative efforts bless everyone all around. This effort of our Girl Scouts with Catholic Social Services extends the love and care of St. Gabriel to the needy of our community," said Father Frank O'Rourke, pastor of St. Gabriel Church.
— Photo provided by Shannon C. Habenicht
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