Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
by Ryan Allibone
This Wednesday, Catholic Charities hosted an event with the YMCA at a Decatur church where a summer camp helped pack food for families in need. The children packaged various food items into boxes which would be later delivered to local families. The boxes are delivered to people in Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby.
One of the Catholic Charities members, Robin Murray, further explained what exactly was happening.
“We deliver to those who have very limited resources for food, such as being limited to only going to the gas station”
“This program started over a month ago. The children come every Wednesday to package food for families in need” Murray continues.
The children are from a YMCA summer camp called Camp Sokkia where they participate in a variety of activities.
“For Cancer Awareness, the children made get-well-cards for cancer patients” says Matt Whitehead, one of the camp counselors.
Catholic Charities also holds a myriad of other events in order to help everyone in the community, something they’ve been doing since the 1940s.
“You don’t need to be catholic to receive help from us. Many of the people we serve are non-catholic” says Murray.
Catholic Charities has always done its best to give back to the people.
“All Catholic Charities wants to do is help the community in anyway we can.”