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Churches, organizations, and individuals from across Susquehanna County have come together with the Montrose Ministry of Christian Service (MCS) to provide a full Easter dinner for residents of the county who are in need.
Pictured (l-r) are: The Rev. Deborah Rose, Father Charles Cesaretti, and Ms. Dee Butler of the Montrose Ministry of Christian Service, reviewing plans for April 4 distribution of Easter dinners.
“We are thrilled at the response of people in our county to join in providing an Easter dinner to those need,” reports the Rev. Deborah Rose, pastor of the Montrose United Methodist Church. “We have received help from a church in Susquehanna, from organizations across the county, and even a small check from a man in prison.”
Individuals and families listed with Interfaith will be invited to gather their Easter dinner on Wednesday, April 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Churchs. The dinner will include a five-pound ham, vegetables, potatoes/macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, bread, and holiday candies. 550 dinners are being prepared.
“Students from area schools are collecting the veggies, canned fruit, and potatoes,” added Dee Butler, of Holy Name of Mary RC Church. “The members of our churches are collecting loaves of bread, sweets, and contributing money for the hams.”
“Our goal is to collect $5,500,” opines Father Charles Cesaretti, of Historic St. Paul’s Church. “Letters have gone out to churches, community organizations, and individuals across the county. The response has been wonderful, and we are well along the way to achieving the goal. However, we have a way to go, and hope that people and groups will step forward and join us in this venture to help our neighbors this Easter.”
Those wishing to contribute to the Easter Dinner Basket Project may send a check to St. Paul’s Church, P.O. Box 314, Montrose, PA 18801-0314, made out to “St. Paul’s Outreach” with the notation “Easter Dinner” in the memo line. “We take cash, too,” quips Fr. Cesaretti.
“I am proud of our churches and community,” said Ms. Butler. “I have been a resident of Susquehanna County and a member of my church for a long time. We know of the needs in our community, and we know that every penny we give through our churches goes to help our needy neighbors.”
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