During these uncertain times, there is a great need to help our neighbors. The Bazzelle family did exactly that.
Parishioners at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe, the family has been volunteering with the monthly food drive for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The last couple of times, in addition to bringing their own items to donate, the children collected food from neighbors to help with the extra needs due to COVID-19.
In April, the parish hosted a first-time drive-thru food drive, collecting an amazing 18,577 pounds of food! When an email was sent to the parish from Catholic Charities asking for volunteers to help sort the food delivered to the Hope Distribution Center(HDC), the Bazzelle family knew they couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
Traci, her husband, Andy, and their four kids, Abigail, Philip, Stephen and Gwyneth began with a tour of the warehouse, including the food pantry where those served by Catholic Charities come to shop. “We loved seeing the process from beginning to end and how the donations we bring to the church gets out to the people,” says Traci. “It made it real for the kids…they could see that we bring the food to the truck, it goes to the HDC to be sorted, then it is pulled and sent to each pantry.”
The favorite activity for the kids was the sorting and organizing of the food. Traci adds, “They jumped right in! They worked nonstop for three hours, and were able to sort three pallets and fill three others with sorted food. Abigail, Philip, Stephen, and Gwyneth can’t wait to come back and serve again!”
The Bazzelles are grateful for the family volunteer experience. “We love that Catholic Charities is showing those in need that the Church is there to help anyone, regardless of their faith,” explains Traci. “Catholic Charities shows them that it’s about the people and community… we are the Church! What better way to reach someone and show them they are immensely loved by Jesus, than by meeting their basic needs and showing them love in action.”
Thank you Bazzelle family for showing what it means to serve others!