HERMANO DAY, Sunday, March 18, 2018
Farmworkers from Mexico will soon begin their journey to North Carolina to work on farms located about an hour from Cary. The men will live in remote and isolated labor camps and come with only the barest of necessities. The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry serves the men in 47 labor camps by providing them with clothing, bedding, food and medicine. Father Tony Rojas provides a sacramental ministry and spiritual counseling. St. Paul’s helps by donating work clothes and bedding and by offering financial support. This has been a St. Paul’s tradition for twenty years and the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry counts on us for a large portion of their supplies.
Please bring your donations to church on March 18, 2018 when a representative from the ministry will tell us about the work being done there to support the farmworkers.
The items most urgently needed are:
- Men’s work pants (sizes 24,26,28,30,32)
- Men’s long-sleeved shirts (smaller sizes)
- Men’s socks and underwear (smaller sizes)
- Men’s athletic shoes (smaller sizes)
- Sheets (twins are best)
- Towels, light blankets and pillows
- Dried beans, rice
(Clothing/Bedding can be new or used.)
An alternative is to make a monetary donation earmarked for either a Welcome Kit or a Shower Kit. Please use the memo part of your check for this and make it out to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. A Welcome Kit ($75.00) provides farmworkers with a Shower Kit plus 3 pairs of used work pants, 3 shirts, a towel, a blanket, sheets and a pillow. A Shower Kit ($25.00) will provide a farmworker with shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, a washcloth, Benadryl and Ibuprofen.
Submitted by Gale Herrman