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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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St. Augustine/Sacred Heart Youth Group gets a jump on Thanksgiving

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the Dec. 3, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

The combined youth group from two Spokane parishes assembled over 2,000 bags of food donated to needy families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. (IR photo courtesy of Chris Ferrez)

The evening of Sunday, Nov. 15, the combined youth group from Spokane’s St. Augustine and Sacred Heart parishes gathered at the Rosauer’s Supermarket on 29th Street. Youth minister Chris Ferrez explained that some 50 teens, grades 7-12, together with a hardy group of about eight parents, helped to pack grocery sacks with food items appropriate for a Thanksgiving dinner: cornbread mix, stuffing mix, turkey gravy mix, and cans of yams, cranberry sauce, and green beans, all donated by Rosauer’s. Prior to Turkey Day, each sack was matched by Rosauer’s employees with a frozen turkey

“I hoped to fill 700 grocery bags,” Chris Ferrez said, “but in about two hours we loaded 2,120 bags. One of the kids broke out the calculator on his cell phone and calculated that we built a bag every seven-and-a-half seconds. We overshot our goal by a lot. I like to use the phrase ‘loaves and fishes,’ in terms of how things happen with our youth group. It happened, and the kids had a lot of fun.”

The teens got support from the Rosauer’s employees, as well as from Jeff Phillips, a Sacred Heart parishioner and Rosauer’s employee who helped with the effort, said Ferrez.

Rosauer’s partners with Tom Sherry at KREM TV, Channel 2 on this project. Each Rosauer’s store commits to putting together about 1,500 bags.

“Basically we relieved the employees from having to do so much themselves,” said Ferrez. “This is our second year, although last year it was just the youth from Sacred Heart. Rosauer’s patrons buy a bag for $15” which is donated to the cause, “but each one contains about $50 worth of groceries. Each bag goes to Second Harvest Food Bank where it is given to a family, including a turkey and a five-pound bag of potatoes.”

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