|2012-2013 Board: Barb Potter-Vice-President; Peg Birzer-Secretary; Kathy Geske-President; Gwen Auel-Reporting Treasurer. Not pictured: Rosemary Rogers-Treasurer.|
These officers are overseeing the continuation of the LOSH charitable and fund-raising efforts in support of impoverished women and children in our locale. At the yearend meeting in May, LOSH awarded monetary donations totaling $8,900. Recipients include St. John's Catholic School, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Abba House, Charitable Christian Medical Clinic, Meals on Wheels, Barb's Place, Change Point, Glenhaven Youth Ranch, Safe Haven Women and Children Shelter, the Paul Bewie Boys & Girls Club, and Jackson House.
In addition to monetary donations, The Ladies of Sacred Heart often bring “a little something extra” to their monthly meetings for charitable giving to organizations assisting children in poverty. After the September 10, 2012 meeting, donations of school supplies that members generously brought to the meeting were collected and transported to Mountain Pine Elementary School.
The next LOSH meeting on October 8th will feature Joe Rogers of the Arkansas Rice Depot, and the “little something extra” donations by members attending this meeting will be food items that hungry kids can take home in backpacks supplied by the Rice Depot. Teachers fill these backpacks with food provided by Rice Depot and distribute them to needy students before they head home after school and on weekends. The goal is to ensure these kids will have food to eat at home.
Students receiving backpacks are identified as qualifying for the free school breakfast and lunch programs supported by federal funding. The food in these backpacks will feed not only the student, but also any non-school age siblings at home.
The Arkansas Rice Depot “Food For Kids” program champions the effort to prevent hunger because “a hungry child can’t learn”.