The above link will take you the letter written by Father Shaun Whittington, Diocese of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is asking for help for Osgood, Indiana, the town he is serving in as it was hit hard by a tornado last week. We have a special place in our hearts for Fr. Whittington, he was one of the first clients for Impressus Art and shared our information with many seminarians, allowing our little business to grow a bit and kept our family fed during lean times.
JESUS, MARY, JOSEPHDear Friends,
St John the Baptist in Osgood, Indiana is working with Catholic Charities to assist the victims of the recent tornadoes.
Since Friday evening we have been giving emergency assistance. WeÂ have distributed several truckloads of emergency supplies and direct funding to our neighbors in need.Â Today while making a deliveryÂ to an affected area, we were also able to give them $600Â (from generous donations) that they needed to purchaseÂ childrenâ€™s underwear.Â This morning weÂ provided emergency food service to the town of Holten and tomorrow we are doing the same.Â ButÂ we need your help.Â We have direct access to the devastated communitiesÂ through Catholic Charities.Â We are in need of the supplies listed below. PleaseÂ be assuredÂ that every item is going directly to our neighborsÂ that are inÂ dire need.St. John the BaptistÂ 331 S Buckeye St, Osgood, Indiana 47037
DonationsÂ acceptedÂ behind the churchÂ near the red brick building.
9 am â€“ dusk this week
Items needed:Â underwear & socks â€“ all sizes (especially childrenâ€™s)coats â€“ all sizesinfant formulas,Â babyÂ food, wipes,diapers,Â Â Â personal care items: toothpastes & brushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo,Â razors, combs & brushes
cleaning items: buckets, trash cans, mops, paper towels, disinfectants, toilet paperAlso: A 27 year old young man was a victim of the tornado and financial assistance is neededÂ to send his bodyÂ home to his mother afterÂ his funeral in Osgood. Tragically, just 10 days ago, the manâ€™s sister wasÂ killed in an accident in his hometown in Mexico. Please pray for this mother and her deceased children. Â The local funeral home (Nealâ€™s Funeral Home) is discounting services, but we still need to fund the transport of his body.Â Â Further, we have had several families in our parish lose all or part of their property: One woman lost her entire homeÂ ( Mary Ann Holt, whoÂ was featured on msnbcâ€™s homepage Sunday morning). One family lost all outbuildings -Â theirÂ home business. They had just become foster parents of six siblings.Â An elder of the local Baptist church (a good friend of the parish â€” our plumber) lost his new house. Many of our farmers â€” your food producers â€” lost their barns, silos, tractors, etc. Â We still donâ€™t know the extent of the damage.Monetary donations mayÂ be given or mailed.Â Checks payable to â€œSt John the Baptistâ€,Â â€tornadoâ€ in memo line.Â Money will be used for the transport to Mexico of our brother in the faith, distributed locally, and then,Â if there are any surplus funds, these will be forwarded to Catholic Charities ofÂ Indianapolis which willÂ spread it throughout the needyÂ of Indiana.Please no clothing (other than coats) nor larger household items at this time. We are unable to store these items and they are not yet needed.Thank you and may God bless you for your charity! Â Please pray for theÂ victimsÂ of the recentÂ tornadoes,
PSâ€“ Please pray for our â€œKey Committeeâ€ who are working around the clock for disasterÂ assistanceÂ representing the following groups: Knights of Columbus Council 8487, Boy Scout Troop 639, St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Women, Building & Grounds Committee, and many others!