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St. Gregory the Great Ladies of Charity 25th Anniversary Tea

The St. Gregory the Great Parish Ladies of Charity (LOC) held a Tea for current and future members to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The first meeting of the St. Gregory the Great LOC was held on June 21, 1993. It was started by Margaret Gleason and Eileen Nowak, Director of Parish Outreach and Advocacy who forged a partnership to start the association in response to an article Margaret had read in the parish newsletter about the diocesan Ladies of Charity.

The Ladies were honored to have as their guests Father Leon Biernat, Father Francis Lombardo, Father Tom Mahoney, Father Paul Sygan and Sister Shawn Czyzycki. Father Leon recommitted our officers Susan Ward, President, Mary Ann Held, VP, Katie Ola, Secretary and Susan Ognibene, Treasurer.

Our current president Susan Ward shared a short history of the original members and the various ladies who have served as officers for the parish LOC and on the diocesan board.

Eileen Nowak presented the association a plaque from Catholic Charities in recognition of the time and treasure the parish Ladies of Charity have contributed to the Buffalo Association over the past 25 years.

Everyone enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and desserts, freshly brewed tea and iced tea. The event was co-chaired by Mary Joan Fix and Marilyn Leslie.

 

Read the article about Party Saturday from the Western New York Catholic here:
https://www.wnycatholic.org/news/article/current/2018/04/10/103047/buffalo-ladies-of-charity-set-inaugural-fundraising-event

The Spring 2018 edition of our newsletter, The Charity Link is now available.

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Please enjoy reading it to find out what is going on with the Ladies of Charity in Buffalo New York!  It will also be mailed to members.

Today Show Shines Light on the Buffalo Ladies of Charity

Buffalo Ladies of Charity volunteer, Estelle Anderson, age 96, received a surprise visit from NBC Today Show Host Al Roker. Estelle was recognized by the Today Show and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program for her volunteer work improving the lives of those in need in the community.

State Farm Insurance Representatives, who sponsor the program, showered the Ladies of Charity with items to make it easier to continue their ministry in the Buffalo Community; including sewing machines, material, thread, diapers, blankets and clothing.

Estelle who was the 2017 Catholic Charities Volunteer of Year directs the Buffalo association’s layette program. When Estelle first encountered the layette program over 30 years ago, she found nothing but a few items in a donation box. An avid sewer and quilter, she agreed to deploy her skills for the program. Under her guidance, the program blossomed into much more than a simple donation box. Today, in-need mothers and their infants are supplied with essential crib linens, clothing and diapers.

At age 96, Estelle still volunteers 30 hours a month, assembling layettes and coordinating the donations received from baby showers held by both parish Ladies of Charity groups and others throughout the community. She began another effort eight years ago in which she and others sew tote bags for home bound adults and also grocery bags for patrons of eight Catholic Charities food pantries.

Estelle also gives educational lectures on quilting, discussing the connection between quilt symbols and the Underground Railroad. When asked what drives her to continue to volunteer and serve some of the most vulnerable people in Buffalo, Estelle says it is simply how she was raised, adding that she has always looked to the example set by her mother, who believed everyone has a responsibility to give back to their communities and to make it a better place.

http://www.today.com/video/see-96-year-old-volunteer-get-a-heartwarming-surprise-from-al-roker-1214507587938

https://www.wnycatholic.org/news/article/featured/2018/04/20/103061/today-show-honors-buffalo-catholic-charities-volunteer

Congratulations to Estelle Anderson who has been named
Catholic Charities USA Volunteer of the Year for 2017!

When Estelle first encountered the Ladies of Charity Layette Program over 30 years ago, she found nothing but a few items in a donation box.  An avid sewer and quilter, she agreed to deploy her skills for the program.  Under her guidance, the program blossomed into much more than a simple donation box.  Today, in-need mothers and their infants are supplied with essential crib linens, clothing and diapers.  At the helm, Estelle has aided an estimated 10,000 families in Buffalo and surrounding communities.

Now age 95, Estelle still volunteers 30 hours a month, assembling layettes and coordinating the donations received from baby showers held by both parish Ladies of Charity groups and others throughout the community.  Items donated at the showers are stockpiled and distributed as needed.  In addition, many volunteers meet weekly to sew needed items.  She began another effort eight years ago in which she and others sew tote bags for home bound adults and also grocery bags for patrons of eight Catholic Charities food pantries.

Estelle also gives educational lectures on quilting.  She spent afternoons at area churches in February, Black History Month, discussing the connection between quilt symbols and the Underground Railroad.  When asked what drives her to continue to volunteer and serve some of the most vulnerable people in Buffalo, Estelle says it is simply how she was raised, adding that she has always looked to the example set by her mother, who was the daughter of slaves.  Estelle said her mother believed everyone has a responsibility to give back to their communities and to make it a better place.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor for Estelle.