CC Visits St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
Clarence Center Elementary has celebrated their ninth year of partnering with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Our Lady of Hope Homeschool. The students and families of Clarence Center collect donations of school items, food, toiletries, clothing and small household items over the course of a month. With the help of a Clarence Center family and owners of Fiske Distributing, a trailer is loaded and taken down to the mission. Every single fifth grader is involved in the month-long event. Students work to separate, box, and label all donations. They then help load the trailer and unload it upon arrival. They are proud that they are able to support others who may need a friend, something good to eat, or something gently used to wear.
Beyond bringing a trailer full of items to the mission, the fifth-grade students have the opportunity to spend the day with the students of the school, and help prepare meals for the many homeless and less fortunate people of the East Side of Buffalo. Students leave the mission with an understanding of what a bit of kindness can do for others.
Other facts about St Luke’s:
When the weather forecast is for temperatures of 15 degrees or below (with the wind chill), a Code Blue is in effect. This is St. Luke's Mission of Mercy's tenth season operating as a Code Blue Shelter. On Code Blue nights, the dining area is taken down and 50 cots are set up to provide a safe night’s sleep to the vulnerable homeless. St. Luke’s provides a hot evening meal and breakfast in the morning along with warm clothing, toiletries, cot, sheets and blankets and accept no funding from the government or the Diocese.