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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2003

By Karen Verderber

Charity collection is the second Sunday each month.

Charity collection recipients for the year 2002

  1. January: Lemont Emergency Fund collection was $495 and matched with funds from cell phone tower income .
  2. February: $264 collected and matched from tower funds, for Lemont Clergy Association.
  3. March: $404 collected and matched, for Orthodox Christian Mission Center; presented on March 14, 2002, at annual OCMC dinner (5 parishioners attended).
  4. April: Ilaasi Friends of St. Herman Theological Seminary in Alaska. $494.00?? (note: due to the need for funds for the building projects, it was decided to temprarily discontinue matching charity funds until the shortfall is resolved.)
  5. May: IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) $414
  6. June: Jason Homiak for Project Mexico $477
  7. July: Alexander Lukashonak for attending St. Vladimir’s Seminary $473
  8. August: Shannon Robinson, missionary to Albania (affiliated with OCMC; Orthodox Christian Mission Center) $608
  9. September: $492 for benefit of Eastern Orthodox Foundation, which shelters and supports the homeless, emotionally troubled and mentally challenged.
  10. October: the Orthodox Christmas Stocking Program for children in Albania, Russia, Romania, and Alaska $319
  11. Nov: Christ the Savior Mission in Woodbury, CT, for their church-building project $566
  12. December: $461 was collected for the family of Father Michael Mihalick, an Orthodox priest from Dix Hills, New York, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and was forced into early retirement due to the illness.

Karen Verderber has been regularly delivering food items collected in the box in the basement to needy individuals or groups; if you know of an individual in need or a worthy charitable group, please let us know.

Some of the ways we helped this year:

  1. Winter coat collection for Chicago Area Coat Drive in October and November: Four large bags of coats were donated for the Chicago area homeless.
  2. Clothing, furniture, and food distributed to Morningstar Mission in Joliet.
  3. Also, several bags of groceries were delivered to Morningstar Mission and local families in need.