On behalf of Caritas Family Solutions, I sincerely thank everyone associated with Belleville Helping Belleville Day — the committee, organizers and the volunteers who contributed to making the day a success. I appreciate the time that was spent to make the new entrance to St. John Bosco Children’s Center beautiful and welcoming.
The dedicated volunteers worked diligently throughout the day landscaping, which made for sore backs and muscles. These wonderful volunteers coming together to support the neediest in our community is truly an expression of God’s loving community.
I want to recognize those that supported our efforts by donating trees, shrubs, supplies and gardening equipment: Belleville Helping Belleville; The Basic Initiative; Home Nursery in Albers; and Sandy’s Back Porch, Effinger’s Garden Center, and ACE Hardware all in Belleville. We could not have accomplished what we did without their generosity.
We also want to recognize and thank the Downtown YMCA and The Edge for hosting the children throughout the day; Jimmy Johns for providing lunch for the volunteers; and the Belleville News-Democrat for spreading the word about this special day.
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It is truly humbling that so many people took time out of their busy lives to come out on a Saturday to help Caritas make Bosco more homelike. As an organization and individually, we will continue to serve vulnerable children and families in order that they might experience safe homes, happiness, belonging, and love.
Gary Huelsmann, MSW, chief executive officer, Caritas Family Solutions, Belleville