Thanks to the generosity of Prince of Peace Catholic(POP) Parish parishioners and residents of The Preserve and Ross Bridge neighborhoods, 400 children are warm and enjoying their new winter coats. In December, POP’s weekender backpack ministry leaders found out that many young students at Holy Family Academy and St. Barnabas School did not have winter coats. Ruth Ollie and Marsha Hernandez immediately decided to remedy that sad situation with a coat drive at POP Church and in their neighborhoods.
Holy Family’s principal wrote a lovely thank you to POP: “I truly thank your parish for its kindness and generosity. Through the backpack for blessings to feed our hungry, donations of hams and turkeys during the holiday season, and now coats to clothe the naked. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is a living example of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Your faithful support has assisted Holy Family Academy in serving students from our families in need. We appreciate that Prince of Peace Catholic Church is a faithful partner in our mission to not only educate students, but also help them build Christian characters of compassion.” Griena Knight Davis, EdD, LPC, Holy Family Catholic Academy.
Due to the tremendous response, the weekender backpack ministry was also able to give coats to students at Simmons Middle, Gwin Elementary and Bumpus Middle schools. Simmons, along with Holy Family and St. Barnabas are the three schools that POP’s weekender backpack ministry supports each month with bags of shelf-stable food. The food is discretely delivered to students who are food-insecure over the weekends when they cannot access school meal programs. †