Dozens of community-minded volunteers from Mount Clemens and the surrounding area are expected to meet at St. Peter’s Parish on Saturday for the annual Mercy Day of Service in Action effort.
This is part of the Southeast Michigan Catholic Charities Community Service Day involving Catholic parishes in the Six County Area of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The initiative typically attracts thousands of volunteers for a variety of projects in the Detroit area.
For St. Peter’s Catholic Church, projects include a canned food drive, laundry collection and clean-up at St. Peter’s Cemetery in neighboring Clinton Township, led by students from DeLaSalle High School.
“This is an opportunity for people of all ages to reach out to a community in need,” said Debbie Goff-Legghio of St. Peter’s Parish in a press release. “There will be volunteers from various churches and schools to help with this huge effort. “
In recent years, more than 3,000 volunteers from 49 Catholic parishes and schools have completed 37 projects at 16 different sites in the Detroit area, according to the Detroit Catholic. Projects ranged from cleaning up abandoned urban land to organizing clothing donations, visiting senior residences and restocking pantries.
Past efforts have seen Saint-Pierre volunteers collect nearly 11,000 pounds of food for the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul parish chapter for the coming winter months.
Now in its sixth year, the Mercy in Action event will begin at 8 a.m. with prayer and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
Between 9 a.m. and noon, the parish will accept donations of food, linens and cleaning supplies for Big Families of Michigan’s Aging Out program, as well as children’s books for orphans in the church parking lot.
“All people have to do is drive their vehicle,” Goff-Legghio said in the statement. “They don’t need to get out of their car. The volunteers unload the vehicles and take the donation to the basement of the church for sorting. “
Volunteers will also be at the church gates to collect food during Saturday and Sunday services at 4 p.m.
The food drive will also be shared with St. Margaret’s Church in St. Clair Shores, St. Justin’s Church in Hazel Park, St. Raymond’s Church in Detroit, St. Louis and St. Thecla Churches in the Clinton Township, St. Hubert’s Church in Harrison Township and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Ray Township.
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