StC Members make Masks for People Across the Country

At St. Christopher’s Community

we learn together

how to do things

both small and great

in Christ’s love

and to do so

as a natural part

of our everyday lives.

I just received a lovely email I would like to share with you. But first some background…

The outreach St. Christopher’s does is not simply through its own programs like our Clothing Bank or the Open Hands Foodbank Garden. A great deal of outreach and ministry is accomplished in our members’ daily lives. Case and point: Diane and James.
I had heard Diane and James were making masks and asked if they would be able to make a set for our family. At the time both my wife and I were working and the kids were doing homeschool. James and Diane readily agreed. In a day or two we had masks. The next week my wife came across a young patient who was working during the lockdown. She didn’t have a mask and was quite worried. Diane and James had made plenty for us, so Annaka took hers off and gave it to the patient who nearly broke down into tears.
Today, I received a followup message from James and Diane. Here what they said:

Diane and James (left & right) with their daughter

“Dear Annaka and Fr James, just a quick up date story for you. James and I are still making masks, over 80 as of yesterday. James is in charge of the ironing, I cut and sew the fabric. [Our daughter who is also an StC member] bought 1,000 yards of elastic for us. Thanks to the fabric you gave us and fabric I have, we have sent masks to
the [Community Lifeline] shelter in Shelton, some to CA,
some to Oregon,
one to Canada,
and several to veterans here in Oly,
several to Olympia police dept,
8 to Lattins apple farm employees,
also several to Florida.

We have another order for some that we will make this week. So from sea to shining sea the masks have traveled. We do not charge anyone, but several have insisted on a $ donation. As of today I have $81, which is all going to St Christophers church. Any future donations we get, we are sending to the church also. Enclosed is a photo of the best ironer I know, James Fioravanti.
So a question, do you folks need masks for people who you are caring for or hear about? Let us know and we will make them.
Thank you for all you both do for all of us. We miss you both and going to Sunday services soooo much. The online worship is wonderful, and is much appreciated.
All the best to you’n yours!
Diane… :~) “

You never know what a small thing done today with the love of Christ will accomplish!

James ironing a mask that will end up going who knows where in the U.S.!

At St. Christopher’s Community
we learn together
how to do things

both small and great
in Christ’s love
and to do so

as a natural part
of our everyday lives.

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