July 2021 Disciple Camp students had a modified car wash this past summer to benefit the Doktor Family Mission.
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2021 Drive By Baby Shower: Thank you to all the families who generously donated to our Drive By Baby Shower that benefitted the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Care Outreach Center. A very special thanks to Megan Looney for prompting us to have this special collection. Not only did we collect diapers, onesies and baby supplies, but we also received $390 in check donations! Thanks to Cubby Weil and Nina Kurdzdorfer who volunteered to help out that day, to John Looney, Dr. Susan Wright and Mary Pesarcheck for delivering donations to St. Gianna Molla, and to Clare Stark for assembling our shower favors (bottom right)! We are so humbled by everyone's generosity- God bless you all.
February 2021: Thank you to all of you who dropped off food for the Heart to Heart Food Drive! A speciall note of thanks from St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry...SVdP Food Pantry is Full ! - Thank you to the SGG Family Faith Formation families and staff, and to our parish community for generously supporting the St. Vincent dePaul Society food pantry during the recent Heart-2-Heart Food Drive. You donations of food and gift cards will be used to help the needy in Amherst and the greater Buffalo area. As you can see from the attached photo - our shelves are fully re-stocked and additional food and gift cards will be delivered to the SVdP downtown dining room and other food pantries in the area. Tim Spellman - for the SGG SVdP
2020 Disciple Camp Modified Car Wash: Thank you to all of the Disciple Camp kids who participated in our Modified Car Wash, which benefited the Doktor Family Mission! Due to COVID restrictions, we couldn't have our annual Disciple Camp Car Wash. Instead, DC students washed their family cars at home and raised over $700 for the Doktor Family Mission! THANK YOU to all of the Disciple Camp families who participated-a job well done!!
A Thank you note from the Doktor Family....We just noticed that you sent in another donation to the mission last month and want to express our most heartfelt appreciation! We do try to keep up with what's happening at St . Gregs but didn't realize you all were still having a car wash* this year, so we were completely surprised! Thank you, thank you!
Things are going well here in Taiwan! As we think about this first year, we are so thankful to the Lord for the progress we've made around enculturation, language acquisition and building relationships. He is so good! And we are so thankful for our mission partners like Family Faith Formation who have made it possible to bless people in the community in many ways, especially the folks at the orphanage. Right now we're starting to prepare for Christmas. Kelly and I were invited to do a talk on the "true meaning of Christmas" for the kids at a local school and anticipate needing around 200 gift bags which will include a number of religious items including a book that tells the story of the birth of Christ both in English and Chinese. We will also be preparing around 120 gifts for the residents at a local orphanage, so the car wash donation will be put to good use! We think of you often and have you in our daily prayers. God bless you and thank you all for your support of the mission here in Taiwan! - Matt and Kelly Doktor
2020 Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Having online (vs. in person) classes put a damper on the annual Disciple Camp Food Drive that benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. DC Students got creative and found a fun way to raise money and collect canned goods by having a Lemonade Stand! Pictured below, left to right: Garrett Durnford, Owen Goral and Cameron Durnford were able to not only collect 40 cans but also raise $110 for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry! Neighbors and passers by were so happy to stop by to donate! Their prices: For a glass of lemonade, you could pay 50 cents OR donate one canned good; for a glass of lemonade with a cookie- you could pay $1 or donate 2 cans. Wonderful job, boys!
"We must restore hope to young people, help the old,
be open to the future, spread love.
Be poor among the poor.
We need to includethe excluded and preach peace."
2018 Disciple Camp Students collected non-perishable goods for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.
2018 High School Summer Outreach
FFF High School studentsl tie dyed special tee shirts for the children attending Our Lady of Black Rock Summer Camp.
Christmas Gift Collection
Since the beginning of this ministry in December of 1975, about 1300 people in need have been helped every year, and last year was no different– the Christmas Tree Collection brought over 3000 gifts to warm the hearts of so many in need!
Thank you for your generosity and May God Bless you!
Thank you all for generously donating 539 cans of tuna fish for Peaceprints Ministry!
FFF Outreach: A Few Special Highlights Over the Years ...
We collected 2,085 boxes for Peaceprints Prison Ministry. These boxes were added to the Thanksgiving Food Baskets to be distributing to families in need. Thank you for the overwhelming support and God Bless You!!
The 2014 Disciple Camp Car Wash for Nicaragua this past August was a great success! Thank you to all of the Disciple Camp students and parents who worked so hard and were able to raise $1,533 for the Nicaraguan Mission. Last year, the funds raised helped send children to school and to purchase cows and pigs for their families (see letter below). Thank you to all those who brought their cars to support this great cause! It will be wonderful to hear about the good that comes from this year's proceeds! 2012
A Letter from Ann Marie Zon in response to Car Wash proceeds...
"Dear Students and Teachers of the Family Faith Community -
I remember so well the time and effort you put into the car wash for the sake of the mission people in Nicaragua. It was a wonderful thing to do with great success for your efforts- The funds you earned have allowed the Following “good” to be done:1) milk cows– one given to each of 4 families2) pigs– two families are getting one each3) children to school: Shalia Margerita– high school,Luis Martin, Gregoria Ramón,& Luis Benjamin-middle school, and Nelinda Inez & Raquel Monique-grammar school. Just see how much you have done-How many lives you touched– what a difference your willingness “to do something” is making.
May Our Lord Bless each and all of you with His Love– His Grace,"
-Ann Marie Zon
"For surely I know the plans
I have for you, says the Lord;
plans for your welfare
and not for harm,
to give you a future with hope. "
- Jeremiah 29:11