Today, September 9th, we celebrate the Feast of Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger, our Founder, and a woman of deep faith and active compassion for others’ suffering. This date, which is also her birthday, was assigned by the Vatican upon her beatification in 2018. Her legacy of caring for sick, poor, and vulnerable persons continues to live on in our hearts and mission through you, our Redeemer Family.
Inspired by Blessed Alphonse Maria’s words, “you must see the Savior in the poor and in the sick; you must serve them with kindness and joy, and consider that it is God whom we serve in them,” we invite you to join us in following in her footsteps through the tangible act of providing new socks for men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. The Sisters and Province Center staff members will collect new pairs of socks that will be donated and distributed to those in need in the Philadelphia region.
In light of the current pandemic, socks can safely be donated in the following non-contact ways:
- Place socks in the marked box outside the main front door of the Province Center at 1600 Huntington Pike, Meadowbrook, Pa. 19046.
- Purchase socks online via our Amazon wish list. When purchasing using this list, select the option to have the socks delivered to the Province Center.
The greatest need is for men’s socks, but there is also a need for women’s and children’s socks. Ideally, the socks should be thick and dark-colored.
The gift of a new pair of socks can have a positive impact on the health and wellness of those experiencing homelessness; a population often mistreated and alienated yet, equally deserving of care and active compassion.
Our sock drive kicks off today and will run through Wednesday, September 30th. If you donate, please let us know by sending an email to Lisa Mehalick at LMehalick@holyredeemer.com so we can express our gratitude. Likewise, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Lisa.
We hope you will join us in this effort of expressing the healing presence of Jesus in a suffering world, which Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger’s life exemplified.