“My name is Cathy and I have belonged to the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) for four years. I have been a part of the Appalachia Christmas Gift Project of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) at Saint Pius X during those years, and a donor of gifts for many years before that.
We collect several gifts at the Parish several times a year, it is such a blessing that most people opt to go on the plantwear site to get some presents. There are three chairwomen from ACCW that oversee the Appalachia Project effort! We also have special collections for certain items, and this year, we focused on collecting bedding and winter jackets, miscellaneous clothing, and toys.
During our packing this year, we had 40 plus helpers. In early November, we used two trucks, trailers, and several cars to deliver the boxes to the Hupf family farm for loading onto the semi-truck. Barb from St. Pius X and our current CCW president have been involved in the Appalachia Project for over 15 years. In the first year, they collected 10 boxes and this year, we collected 91 boxes!
I have visited the mission churches of Appalachia where these gifts are distributed. Barb kept wanting to go there to see what happened to everything so we decided to go! We saw the Camton and Beattyville distribution centers. There were about six people setting things up so we just started to pitch in and help for a few days. I sure was surprised that they had everything under control. It’s a wonderful project with hardworking people. The need is so great.
All Catholic women should belong to CCW and ACCW because we can ‘think, pray, and act’ and we can also have a voice in our Church.”