(Social Justice and Community Outreach)
Special Collections – April 2 and 9
In lieu of our regular monthly charitable collection, CCUU will take up special plate collections the first two Sundays in April in the name of our beloved member Donna Jean Loy.
Dee Jay’s beautiful soul met a sudden and surprising end of this life on Thursday afternoon, March 23, held in the arms of her partner, Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, to whom she was joined in marriage on October 15, 2016. Donna Jean’s joyful spirit was a source of delight to those who met and knew her. She had a “joke a minute” attitude. Her earlier life had included time in the military, on the police force, in a motorcycle club, and as a member of a rock band—all efforts to make sense out of life in a body in which she did not feel comfortable. Her move to femininity came late in life. She and Lizzy, who met as counselors on a suicide-prevention line, chose to have gender altering surgery at the same time, a 2-for-1 deal Dee Jay worked out with the surgeon.
Sadly, in addition to the grief we all feel, we are also aware that there are expenses for end-of-life arrangements and these come at an inopportune time. It has been said that many hands and many loving hearts can make the burden easier. May the blessings you give return as a blessing to you.
Last month CCUU collected and donated
$314 to Mama Maji.
Volunteer Day at the Edible Schoolyard
On Saturday, March 18, a group of CCUU members participated in the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ (ESYNOLA) Open Garden Day at Langston Hughes School. We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day. There were many different tasks available, inside and outside, for all ages and abilities.
Second Harvest Food Bank
CCUU continues to collect peanut butter, taken to Second Harvest Food Bank on a monthly basis. A big "thank you" to all who continue to contribute to this effort!
SisterHearts Thrift Store
CCUU collects children’s books to be donated to SisterHearts Thrift Store. The store has a new location at 7519 W. Judge Perez Dr., Arabi (www.arabithriftstore.com). Its mission focuses on prison reform and helping formerly incarcerated women reenter back into society. She also offers free computer internet services. Donated books can be brought to the church any time and often! (Mary, the energetic and friendly founder of this non-profit, advises she would gladly accept all types of donated goods, from household items, electronics, clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.).
UNITY OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
CCUU also collects toiletries and new or gently used housewares and linens on an ongoing basis for Unity, an agency that leads a collaborative of 63 organizations to provide housing and services to the homeless. Please deposit unused travel- size toiletries in the bag labeled “Unity” in the fellowship hall. Larger items should be coordinated through Lisa Kamuf.