Bags for the Homeless
Associate Joyce Gau was given a lot of Christmas fabric and with great ingenuity, a project of Bags for the Homeless was born.
Joyce donated and cut the fabric and Associate Kathy Koepsell sewed the material into gift bags. Fond du Lac area associates donated warm gloves and socks, and nonperishable food items to fill the bags. Associates Carol Pizon, Mary Ketterhagen, Carol Braun, and Kathy Koepsell filled each bag with a warm pair of gloves, two pairs of socks, lip balm, lotion, and food items. Carol and Kathy delivered the items to Holy Family Outreach Center at St. Mary Church, the Salvation Army Warming Shelter, and Solutions Center Family Shelter.
"The associate community vision statement states that we express love in action and this collection is one of many Love In Action activities that the associate community has done. This activity is one of the ways we participate in the mission, and is a response to the values identified in the corporate stances that were recently affirmed and deemed important to the associate community," said Carol Braun, Director of Associate Relationship.
In total, they filled 35 colorful bags and two additional boxes containing 40 pairs of socks and many food items for distribution at St. Mary Church and the Warming Shelter. Gift wrapped clothing items (socks and underwear) for 6 adults and 9 children were also delivered to the Solutions Center for the families currently staying there.