WICHITA – Eleven “Care Packages” are currently headed to Blessed Sacrament Parish servicemen and women currently deployed throughout the world. The Care Packages were the idea of the Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in conjunction with the Blessed Sacrament Military Ministry led by Kelly McCague.
Once the idea was approved by their pastor, Father John Jirak, an implementation plan was developed, which included asking parishioners for names of service members, obtaining current military addresses, and publicizing a list of items needed for the Care Packages in the Blessed Sacrament Parish bulletin.
The response was very generous, and as a result, each Care Package included a copy of the new book, The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero, in honor of Father Emil Kapaun being recently awarded the Medal of Honor. In addition, each Care Package included a Fr. Kapaun prayer card, Girl Scout cookies, hard candy, playing cards, toiletries, iTunes and Amazon gift cards, games, magazines, pens, snacks and hand-made greeting cards, courtesy of Blessed Sacrament school children. After all the donations were collected, a “packaging party” was held, and the Care Packages prepared for mailing.
According to Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent de Paul member Gina Adams, the project is intended to let Blessed Sacrament deployed servicemen and women know that their home parishioners are keeping them in their thoughts and prayers. Blessed Sacrament has distributed Christmas cards to service members in the past, but this is the first time to send Care Packages.
This project provided a wonderful opportunity for the Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent de Paul to team up with the newly formed Military Ministry. Even though this is not a typical project for the Society, as the SVdP saying goes, “No work of charity is foreign to the society.”