November 18, 2011
Didn’t we all
see some of the white stuff to remind ourselves that
summer is gone and winter is here? Now that the
temperatures are falling, the shorts, short-sleeved
shirts and sandals are now in the closets waiting for
next spring. We are all getting out our long-sleeved
shirts, sweaters, mittens, gloves, stocking hats, winter
coats, thermal underwear and boots. In the midst of this
yearly exchange it is easy to think nothing other than
wishing we lived somewhere warmer.
Recently as I was walking across the parking lot
on a cold morning, I was stopped by a man I estimate to be in his early
thirties. After saying hello, he asked me if we were hiring. While stating
we did not have any openings I noticed he was wearing only a light
windbreaker. "Do you have a winter coat?" I asked. "No, this is all that I
Shortly after this conversation, he left our
office with a warm, heavy leather coat, gloves and a sack of food that some
generous persons donated to us.
Then there is the story of a young man battling
cancer without any warm clothing either. He came to us asking for
assistance. He was referred to us by a concerned individual who knew in her
heart that we would help him. Looking back, he had the look of someone in
dire need. For some people, asking for help is the hardest thing to do.
After further questioning, and a home visit, we found out he was heating his
small apartment with his oven with the door opened and needed furniture as
well. Only because of our loving patrons were we able to give him some warm
winter clothing, food, pay his utility bill, help him obtain his medicines
to battle his cancer and bring over some needed furniture.
I wish I had a dollar for every time John
McDermott has said, "Father, your Seedlings column is the most
powerful tool we have to spread the word!" We could have a pizza party for
all of our volunteers! Every time I have mentioned a need in this column,
generous loving people have responded. Not only are we truly grateful for
the help of our benefactors, I am not kidding when I say we pray for you
every day as an agency.
Every year around this time, people from across
the diocese donate winter coats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, mittens, boots,
stocking hats, and other warm winter clothing items to Catholic Social
Services. Now that we have four permanent sites, distributing them to those
in need is getting easier every year.
Please consider donating any of the above
mentioned items to one of our four sites across the diocese, Imperial,
Hastings, Lincoln or Auburn. In addition, if you know of anyone in need of
warm winter clothing, please contact us so we can make arraignments to
getting the needed clothing to those individuals and families who need them.
By working together, we will continue making a difference in the lives of
Please know that we at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska will
keep you, your family and intentions in our prayers. Sacred Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on us, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph and all of the angels
and saints in Heaven, pray for us!
Father Christopher Kubat
Catholic Social Services