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A ‘Shoebox Event’

Lisa Foos (left) gathers a selection of personal items and treats for a box she has just decorated.

Lisa Foos (left) gathers a selection of personal items and treats for a box she has just decorated. Photo by Louise Krafft.

— Catholic Charities held a community-wide "Shoebox Event" at St. Thomas More Cathedral on Saturday, April 14 in which volunteer participants decorated and packed hundreds of shoeboxes for low-income seniors, the homeless, the hungry and those who rely on the food pantries Catholic Charities operates and supports.

Participants brought useful "surprises" as hygiene and grooming items, nonperishable snacks, and small gift items to be packed into the shoeboxes at the event. The shoeboxes will be distributed by Catholic Charities.

"The boxes will let those who may be suffering know we care about them and they are not forgotten," said Sally O’Dwyer, Catholic Charities’ vice-president of community services.

Founded in 1947, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is a non-profit social service agency that serves 21 counties and seven independent cities in Virginia. Catholic Charities helps those in need regardless of their race or creed. For more information, contact Katie Walker at 703-841-3833.