Easter baskets to Afghanistan


Photo by James A. McBride

youthgroupproject-webTina Giordano of the youth group of Holy Eucharist Parish, Cherry Hill, fills a box with supplies to be shipped to Americans stationed in Afghanistan. The youth group worked with the 50-Plus Ministry on the project on Sunday, March 11.

On Sunday, March 11, two Catholic generations came together to create an Easter surprise for three Americans stationed in Afghanistan.

Members from the 50-Plus Ministry, and Youth Ministry of Holy Eucharist Parish in Cherry Hill made Easter baskets for Master Sgt. Jason Micklewright; Pfc. Brendan Schick; and John Ryan Bartel. All three are loved ones of Holy Eucharist parishioners.

Packed in 39 boxes, the baskets include toiletries; games; Easter candy; clothing; and personal notes from parishioners, who contributed the content of the baskets.

The Holy Eucharist faithful “opened their wallets and hearts,” said Patricia Spruill, co-coordinator of the 50-Plus Ministry.

On Monday, March 12, the boxes were shipped out to surprise the service members by Easter morning.