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Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth of Helena

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Associates (SCLA) are women and men invited to partner with the vowed members of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth “to witness and share the mission of Jesus who calls us to love God with our whole hearts and to love our neighbor even as God loves us.” More about Associates

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Associates of Helena from left to right: Bobby Lavinder, Marion Johnson and Linda McCray.

For more information on SCLAs of Helena and/or Warm Hearts contact Linda McCray

Warm Hearts: blanket and towel drive to gift the poor on Valentine's Day

Warm Hearts: blanket and towel drive to gift the poor on Valentine's Day
SCL Associates (left to right) Bobby Lavinder, Linda McCray and Marion Johnson started Warm Hearts in December 2017 with the distribution of decorated boxes to churches in Helena.

Warm Hearts: blanket and towel drive to gift the poor on Valentine's Day
The volunteers sort towel donations into sets that include a bath towel, hand towel and washcloth. Marion Johnson (left) helps Linda McCray tie the bow on one of the towel sets. Bobby Lavinder is in the background working on blankets.

Warm Hearts: blanket and towel drive to gift the poor on Valentine’s Day

Warm Hearts is an ecumenical ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Associates of Helena. Donated new blankets and new towels will be distributed through organizations serving the poor in the Helena area. Last year we donated several blankets to God’s Love. We received a thank you note expressing how the children felt warm and loved on Valentine’s Day when they received their new blankets. This January, we invited 13 churches to help us donate hundreds of blankets and towels to serve 6 organizations.

‘Warm Hearts’:
a division of labor and love in Helena

By Therese Horvat
Communications Director

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

This winter, three SCL Associates mobilized an interfaith groundswell of support to benefit the poor of Helena, Mont. “Warm Hearts: blanket and towel drive to gift the poor on Valentine’s Day” engaged 13 churches representing people of all ages from second- and third-graders to quilters to other members of the congregations.  

These generous, collective efforts resulted in the donation of 187 blankets and 355 towel sets (bath and hand towels and washcloth). On or before Valentine’s day six agencies received the items for distribution to clients as needed throughout the year.

The response exceeded the expectations of Marion Johnson, Bobby Lavinder and Linda McCray, the Helena area SCL Associates who spearheaded and coordinated Warm Hearts. It was a division of labor and of love for the threesome who organized the drive over a year’s time. They contacted churches inviting their participation; decorated and delivered boxes for the collection of items; and gathered, sorted and distributed blankets and towels to the agencies.

There were heartwarming experiences throughout the collection drive that began in late December and concluded on Jan. 29. Second- and third-graders from St. Andrew School did chores to raise funds toward the purchase of towels. They presented the towels during a weekday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena. The quilters at St. John’s Lutheran Church donated beautiful quilts.

I was overjoyed and grateful for the generosity of our involved ecumenical church members,” Linda says. “Witnessing the generosity of our ecumenical community while picking up donation boxes was a mystical high. The entire year of working on Warm Hearts has been a very spiritual time for us. We truly felt the Holy Spirit with us on this journey!”

The three SCL Associates conducted a smaller scale collection drive the previous year. The plan now is to make Warm Hearts an annual event.

Participating Helena churches included:
Cathedral of St. Helena
Churches of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2)
Covenant United Methodist
First Christian Church of Helena
First Lutheran Church
First Presbyterian Church
Headwaters Covenant
Our Lady of the Valley
St. John's Lutheran Church
St. Mary Catholic Community
St. Paul’s Methodist
St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral

Donated items are being distributed through the following organizations:
Florence Crittenton Home
God's Love
Good Samaritan Ministries
Rocky Mountain Development Center
The Friendship Center
YWCA

For more information on SCLAs of Helena and/or Warm Hearts contact Linda McCray

   

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