Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project

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Christmas delivered early

This past Friday, the Sunday Assembly social justice initiative – Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project – provided joy, gifts and food to 35 Hispanic families and their 74 children.

Together with more than 30 volunteers and 79 donors we raised $14,262.50.  With these generous gifts, we were able to provide each family with Christmas gifts for each child, Christmas-inspired meal kits from our partner at The River Food Pantry, a $250 Woodman’s Market gift card, chocolate treats and a sweet note offering Christmas joy and blessings from the greater Holy Wisdom family.

As one of our co-chairs, Joyce Wodka, said it best, “I feel joy in my heart doing this project, knowing that we are helping someone in our community.  After my last delivery of food and gifts, as I started my car, my favorite hymn began to play…. Perry Como, singing the “Lord’s Prayer.”  Tearfully, I breathed deep and said, ‘I get it Lord!’  And that’s what it’s all about!” 

Due to the overwhelming response and generosity of our community, we were able to award a special gift of $500 to our partners at The River Food Pantry, as well.  Each week, hundreds of families throughout Dane Country visit The River for groceries and personal care items. 

One of our volunteer families, Rita & Ed Emmenegger shared their experience, as well.  Rita shared, that “as we walked away from the home of one of our recipients, two little boys were hanging out the door yelling, “adios! gracias!” Our hearts could not have been fuller.”

None of this would have been possible without you – donors and volunteers. Thank you for your beautiful acts of kindness over the last several weeks.

Barb & Dan AbbottKathleen Kelly Shanovich &
Ronald Shanovich
Sandy AdamsJoanna Kramer Fanney
Freddi Joan AdelsonKelly Lamb
Dwight AllenSue & Terry Larson
Beth AndersonLynn Lemberger & Vicki Clark
AnonymousJoan & Allen Liegel
Richard BakerAbbie Loomis
Jane & Michael BelongieCheryl Martin
Lisa BonitasSally & Thomas McCoy
Amy BonomieCharles McLimans &
Richard Merrion
Sally Bowers & Howard FentonEileen McNamara
Sue & Charles BradleyNancy Melin
Jerry BussJulie Melton
Abigail Cantor & Alan KalkerJanet Miller
Valerie & Tony CappozzoJanet Neurauter
Karen CherryKathleen & Ned
Janice & Dennis CollierCarla Peterson
Louie Cornelius & Pris BoroniecSteven Powell
Cathy Cornell & Paul KnitterRuth Reinl
Gina & Robert CowellPam Richardson
Marie & Mike CrawfordDick Russo
Jody Crowley Beers &
Reverend Bill Beers
Elaine & Dennis Schenborn
Jeannine & Edouard DesautelsAlicia & Dustin Schneider
Paula & Bob DinndorfKathleen & Ron Shanovich
Patricia DonovanRyan Shanovich & Meg Lacey
Hildegard DorrerLinda Shaw
Pat DwightGail & Dan Shea
Janine EdwardsChris Shelton
Rita & Ed EmmeneggerBob Smith
Shirley FaganNeal & Diane Smith
Roberta FelkerSister Lynne Smith
Margie FerstlAggie Steichen
Rev Dr Jerry & Mrs Kathy FolkCory Steinmetz
Lisette FonderTherese & Michael Stevens
Nichole Fromm &
JonMichael Rasmus
Nancy & David Topp
Jane Gogan & Gordon HamnettMaureen & John Van Dinter
Sonny GravesValerie Vervoort
Laura GreenBeth Watson
Sherri HansenSara & John Whalen
Colleen & Kent HartungTom Whitemarsh
Kathy & Neil HeskinJoyce & Gary Wodka
Mary HoddySandy Wojtal-Weber
Louise Johnson & Dick RussoKathy Woytch 
Pamela JohnsonStacy Zanzig
Kristen KellerTom Zanzig & Peg Davey
Mary Ellen KellySteve Zwettler & Barbara Brummer

A special thank you to the leadership of this Sunday Assembly social justice initiative, including Joyce Wodka, Kathleen Kelly Shanovich, and Rita Emmenegger. Their guidance, support and planning made all the difference in ensuring the sponsored families and their children were well cared for this Christmas season.

Joyce Wodka
Kathleen Kelly Shanovich
Rita Emmenegger

While 2020 had much darkness, Holy Wisdom Monastery continues to seek, find and share the light. 

Merry Christmas!

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