A Coat for Father
Quinn

Stocking
the Inn II

Blessed Bloomers VI

3rd Annual Home Sweet Home

Living With Hope

Because of Mikie

 

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Project Archive - 2007

A Coat for Father Quinn
December 2007

Results: Thanks to your generosity, 406 coats, 396 hats, and 411 gloves and 10 scarves were purchased. 335 were given to homeless men and women on the St. Francis of Assisi Breadline, W. 31st Street, New York, NY in December 2007. The remaining 71 coats were given to St. Francis Inn in January 2008 for distribution to the homeless and poor who visit the soup kitchen. Photos from this project and the story of Father Quinn and how he inspired this project are posted here.

 

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Stocking
the Inn II

Happy Birthday Kelly!
December 15, 2007

Project story: In our first Stocking the Inn project we collected items for St. Francis Inn, an inner-city soup kitchen in Philadelphia that serves 2 meals a day and ministers to more than 300 people daily. Mychal’s Message also regularly sends extra donations to the Inn.

One of our founders, Kelly Lynch, has spoken many times about repeating the project, so as a special birthday surprise, her husband Joe coordinated Stocking the Inn II. Invitations to a surprise party in Kelly’s honor also included lists of needed items, asking guests to bring them to the party in lieu of gifts.

Results: 6,087 items were delivered to St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, January 10, 2008. It took two full vans to bring all the items donated! Among those items were toiletries, long underwear, blankets, gloves, diapers, cleaners, soap, sugar, socks, underwear, teddy bears, oatmeal, trash bags, and forks and spoons. Thank you to everyone who helped Stock the Inn.

 

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Blessed Bloomers VI
in honor of Rev. Everett Wabst

Description:  Our Sixth Annual Blessed Bloomers project was dedicated to Reverend Everett Wabst, chaplain to the New York City Fire Department and dear friend of Father Mychal.

Results:  Thanks to our kind and generous donors, a total of 6,135 items were distributed in our sixth annual underwear collection for the homeless (2,748 underwear, 1,236 T-shirts, and 2,151 pair of socks).  Packaged as "Blessed Bloomers," they were distributed to homeless and poor men, women and children at the following locations:  St. Francis of Assisi Breadline, New York, NY; CREATE, Harlem, NY; Graymoor Friars, Garrison, NY; St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, PA; and Lancaster County Council of Churches, Lancaster, PA.  One anonymous donor supplied Mychal's Message with $1,000 worth of socks and underwear this year, while donations of money, underwear, T-shirts and socks arrived from donors from all over the United States.

 

A recent note from Rev. Wabst:

"I am greatly humbled by your wonderful tribute to the work I share with so many faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ...Thank you for such a personal touch and dedication...May God bless BLESSED BLOOMERS VI...but more importantly may God bless the gatherers of gifts as richly as those who receive those gifts."

 

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Third Annual Home Sweet Home
A Lancaster hometown project
September 15-16, 2007

Project Description:  On Saturday, September 15, 2007, Lancaster area youth were invited to participate in an overnight experience in Mychal’s Village, a small makeshift village built on the back parking lot of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lancaster.  There, they spent the evening in cardboard boxes to better understand the homeless men and women for whom they are doing this. 

Results:  Sixty-five students participated and raised nearly $5,000 that will benefit the homeless in New York City, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Read a full story about the event here.

 

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Living With Hope
For Karen

March - June 2007

Project Description: In a project unlike any we have done before, Mychal's Message wanted to help make a dream come true for Father Michael Duffy, the staff, volunteers  and the homeless and poor who visit St. Francis Inn daily. Donations were collected to help purchase supplies to create an outdoor mural to represent the true Franciscan spirit.  The hope is that it will reflect the compassion and love taking place on the other side of the wall and offer a statement of peace for all to see.  

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This project was named in honor of “Karen,” a close friend of Father Michael Duffy who, in 2006, was moved to begin a life of service to the poor she had met at St. Francis Inn. However before she could begin, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer and is today facing this adversity with courage and hope.
(Read more about Karen's story.)
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Results:  A check in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Father Michael Duffy of St. Francis Inn to purchase paint, brushes and scaffolding supplies for the mural. Thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality for the staff in Philadelphia. Below is a photo of the finished mural.

A Note From Karen, in whose honor this project was named: "Thank you to everyone who made the mural at the St. Francis Inn possible. Thank you for all of your support and prayers. While we are influenced by circumstances, we too can have an influence. Peace in Christ, Karen Pointer"

 

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Because of Mikie
Shannon's 2007 Anniversary Project
November 2006 - January 2007

Results:  Shannon teamed up with Sesame Street Live and the Homeless Student Project of Lancaster, PA to bring 400 inner-city children to see the live performance of Sesame Street Live at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA on Friday, January 5, 2007.  Lancaster Catholic High School was responsible for raising over $2,500 to purchase the tickets for the day's event.  One-hundred of Shannon's high school classmates participated in the as chaperones for the younger children. To read more about our special day at Hershey, click here.

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