When Hurricane Sandy submerged entire communities, Catholic Charities sprang into action, turning agency vans into service-centers-on-wheels to fill gaps in services.
Jeanne McGettigan, Catholic Charities Coordinator of Emergency Food Service, helped mobilize staff and volunteers to make multiple trips that reached those hardest hit by the super storm. They brought cleaning supplies to local residents gathered at Holy Rosary parish and Worship and Praise Community storefront church. They dropped off pop-up cans of tuna, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, apple juice and loaves of whole wheat bread at St. Margaret Mary Parish. And they got out of their vans to wade through mud and debris, walking door-to-door to offer sandwiches and solace to storm-battered homeowners who said they never thought they would be the ones in need.
“I’ll never forget a man I saw wearing a construction-worker’s jacket, his tears falling down on a dumpster,” Ms. McGettigan said. “He said he’d lived there for 20 years yet none of his family had come to help him. ‘If it weren’t for people like you,’ he added, ‘I’d be forgotten.'”
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