Compassion and Service
Our Core Value of Compassion and Service calls us to respond to the needs of our times. Given that we are in a state of shut down and social distancing, how can we live out our value of Compassion and Service? Use technology to reach out and to extend Compassion and Service!
Alum and former faculty member Marie Robson '05, wrote to us and said, "I know some ER staff at Einstein that are desperately in need of surgical caps that can be sewn. I can email a template if people are willing to help and will even provide fabric if necessary." If you can help out, shoot Marie an email at Marie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marian Hickey McNaughton ‘72. suspended her business to make face masks to donate to a local hospital in Lewes, DE. Ammascottage.com halted all embroidery and bag making efforts and moved into making face masks. Bebe Hickey ‘68 and her partner cut the patterns and son Charlie McNaughton donates the head straps he makes on his 3D printer.
Sarah Maloney '24 and Julia Nolan '02 are helping with the Irish Community Relief Effort at Commodore Barry Arts & Cultural Center in Mt Airy, Philadelphia. Visit www.theirishcenter.org for more information and how you can help.
Dr. Cara Latham, MMA Music Director, and Daughter Make Masks for Workers on the Frontlines
Dr. Cara Latham from MMA's music department and her daughter Elizabeth are making masks for people on the front lines. Cara said, "When my daughter Elizabeth found out that she wasn't going to be able to walk with her peers at her college graduation, she was devastated, but she turned it around and asked what she could do to help. She found patterns online, taught me how to use a second sewing machine, and we've been making masks every day since. The first batches went to friends and family, then to the Sisters of Charity who serve the homeless in Norristown. Now we're making them for a nurse who is a friend of ours, and her staff at Lankenau Hospital. We wish you all health and peace." They are willing to instruct anyone who has a sewing machine and wants to learn how to make the masks.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
For the past five years, Merion Mercy has been proud to partner with CRS as a Global High School. In this time of social distance, we continue to grow in Mercy together this season of Lent. In our Lenten practice of almsgiving, we invite families who are able at this time to consider participating in CRS Rice Bowl. Through Rice Bowl, we support the most vulnerable among our sisters and brothers in over 100 countries around the world and in the greater Philadelphia area. In using this form to make your gift, we invite you to include our location (“Philadelphia”) in the note section to ensure that 25% of your donation supports local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. Any gift is welcomed as we "Bring Lent to Life" and hold each other in prayer as a Mercy community.
Softball Team Service Project
The Merion Mercy softball team season, like that of our other spring sports teams, never had a chance to get off the ground. Impacted along with games and tournaments was the team’s service project, which had been designed for team members to donate and distribute food to the homeless in center city Philadelphia. Mrs. Frances Krouse, her husband Patrick (the team’s assistant coach), their daughters Kiersten ’20 and Kara ‘22, and son, decided to go ahead with this project on a smaller scale, packing 30 brown bag lunches.
“A local Drexel Hill man, a single dad of three, runs this personal 'Circle of Hope' project,” said Mrs. Krouse. “He continues to go down with protective gear and pass out lunches to the homeless, and he was so grateful to have these.” Other softball team families are following suit and will be donating lunches as well. As Mrs. Krouse said, “At a time like this, it helps to be grateful for the things we have and to pass it forward.”
Anyone wishing to do this as a family can contact Kristina Stanton Cawley '90 at email@example.com, and she will pass your information along to Mrs. Krouse.
Life Center: Message from Gina Ruggieri '02
I manage the Life Center, a homeless shelter in Upper Darby, and, as you might imagine, it is not an ideal time for a shelter facility housing 50 folks in a dormitory style setting. All that said, we’re doing what we can with the resources we have. As residents are staying indoors, and as time passes, I’m seeing that folks need things to do!
If anyone has any games, puzzles, or books that they won’t be using and want to donate, please bring them to us. You can just drop them off at 6310 Market Street in Upper Darby. You do not need to enter the facility (you can drop them off outside the front door and staff will handle it). In addition, we are also accepting DVD players and DVDs.
We obviously could use all the practical stuff as well (cleaning supplies, snacks, beverages, and other foods we can store in the pantry), but, at this moment, it’s also a priority to maintain mental well being for 50 folks who are forced in tight quarters for a lengthy period of time.
Anyone wishing to do this can contact Gina Ruggieri ‘02 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to the Sisters of Mercy
Alumna Laura Will '02 had an amazing idea to brighten the days for our dear Sisters of Mercy who are spending many days inside their residence. She had her kids write cards to them! If anyone else would like to contribute to the kindness, please send cards to: Sisters of Mercy, 515 Montgomery Ave. Attn: Sr. Mary Ann Clarahan, or McAuley Convent, Attn: Roxann Bambach, 517 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, PA 19066.