"For I was hungry and you gave me food..."
One evening in Cold Spring, Ky., a group of children played wiffleball while waiting for the sun to set. Their laughs echoed through the courtyard. Meanwhile, parents and parishioners were setting up their lawn chairs, conversing with one another. “We have a bunch of new families, so I got to make a lot of new friends, which is why I started doing this in the first place,” Youth Director and event coordinator Amy Reed explained during an interview. “I didn’t really know a whole lot of people, and getting involved in this would help me make friends myself and have my kids make life-long friends.”
High Court Trustee Mark Connaughton attended and offered some words of wisdom to kick off the evening. “He gets everyone excited and thanks them for being there,” said Amy. “Mark also talks about the importance of community and creating relationships with one another. He explains why we do what we do. He’s really good about that.”
St. Joseph 2094, Erlanger, Ky., organizes an outdoor movie night annually for members in the community. This event, in its third year, is greatly anticipated. There is always a big crowd at the event, and this year was no exception. Around 70 children and adults gathered outside St. Joseph School.
A week before the movie night, Amy asked parents to ask their kids for movie suggestions. “We don’t always pick the crowd favorite, but everyone seems to have a good time,” she said. Amy was excited to watch “Finding Dory”, a lighthearted Disney movie compared to last year’s pick, “A Dog’s Purpose”. During the interview, Amy asked if I had seen “A Dog’s Purpose” and I told her I had not. “Oh, dear! I grabbed my box of tissues and I was holding them during the whole movie,” Amy said, laughing.
What makes this event unique is the effort to aid Rose Garden Mission in Covington, Ky. The organization asked for easy to open cans of tuna, crackers, granola bars and other items which can be consumed without having to be cooked or prepped in a particular way. Rose Garden Mission, which is an organization that helps a wide variety of people through its full pregnancy center along with a “no-questions-asked” food pantry, was excited to receive the donations.
While thinking of how they could collect items for Rose Garden Mission, Amy got the idea for the outdoor movie night from a friend who hosts a dance recital for which they ask attendees to bring canned items and donations to benefit a local organization.
It is amazing to see so many people support the event. This year, a total of $2,500 worth of food was collected for Rose Garden Mission. “Long time parishioners would even come to donate items and not stay for the movie,” Amy said, reflecting on the event. “Honestly, I liked the movie, but for me the highlight was before the event. Bringing people together, to socialize and give back.”
Article by Audrey Kopecky.