December 18, 2013
The Dorothy Day Center at Saint Francis received more than 800 pounds of food as a result of the non-perishable food collection event spearheaded by state Reps. Frank Burns and Gary Haluska.
The two legislators set up collection boxes at more than 30 locations around the 72nd and 73rd legislative districts in November and delivered the food donations to the center this week.
“I wanted to personally thank state Reps. Frank Burns and Gary Haluska for the bountiful results of their holiday food drive. Food banks tend to run low during the holidays, so our thanks also goes to everyone in the community who contributed. That generosity has helped to stock up the center's food pantry so we can make the holidays a little brighter for families in need,” Brother Martin Zatsick, T.O.R., director of the Dorothy Day Center.
Both Burns and Haluska said that helping the less fortunate is a worthy cause at any time of the year, but can be extra helpful during the holiday season.
"We would like to thank all of the local residents, organizations and companies who donated items and helped make this food drive a success," Burns said. "Your generosity is truly appreciated, and these donations will help ease the burden the holidays may bring for some of our less fortunate neighbors."
Thanks to the donation of non-perishable food items, approximately 80 families will not go hungry this holiday season.
The Dorothy Day Center was created in 1981. It is a volunteer-based agency that strives to live out Franciscan values by following in the footsteps of its namesake Dorothy Day. The center serves local families in need with support, programs, food, clothing and monetary assistance. For more information, call 814-472-3347.