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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2005

By Karen Verderber

In addition to St. Luke's monthly benevolence collection, there is an on-going food collection, a six week coat drive for the Chicago and southwest suburban homeless and the annual DCFS Christmas toy drive. This year, St. Luke's generous parishioners donated 77 coats, 12 bags of groceries, 9 bags of assorted clothing and sponsored 75 foster children during the DCFS toy drive.

A special December collection was taken in addition to the attached benevolent fund report. The amount of $440.00 was collected and was given to the Evergreen Park and Lemont Food Pantries.

*Charity collection for 2003 total was $5,469.50. We've more than doubled our giving for the year 2004. Let's never stop giving!

2004 Benevolent Fund

J - OCA/FOS donation 535.00
F - Orthodox Christian Mission Center donation 458.00
F - ( parish member - confidential) gift approved by parish council 1,000.00
M - Fr. Andrew Harrison misc, donations 280.00
M - Orthodox Christian Mission Center donation - registration 200.00
M - OCA Mission Appeal donation 439.00
M - Phosadilphia donation 432.00
M - Deanery Projects donation 551.00
A - Orthodox Church in America donation 675.00
A - International Orthodox Christian Charity donation 500.00
A - Christ The Savior Orthodox Church donation 300.00
M - Orthodox Christian Mission Center donation for India 1,000.00
M - National Child Safety Council Palos Hills Police Dept. 60.00
M - Fr. Andrew Harrison 10CC 300.00
M - International Orthodox Christian Charity donation 176.00
M - Coptic Orphans donation 270.11
J - Parish of St. Silacs Orthodox Church Prison Ministry 660.00
A - Orthodox Christian Alumni Assoc. College Sponsorship 385.00
A - International Orthodox Christian Charity India Mission 2,600.00
0 - PASS PASS 500.00
O - Orthodox Church in America Beslan Relief Fund 148.00
O - Orthodox Church in America Florida Hurricane Relief Fund 118.00
N - The Philanthropic Society of The Orthodox Church Calcutta, India - for milk & biscuit charity - 435.00
D - International Orthodox Christian Charity for the Beslan Relief Fund 30.00
D - St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission donation 360.00

TOTAL 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004 12,412.11

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. (Matthew 25:35)