The St. Ladislaus Youth Group raised funds raised funds to help “Together We Rise” and is donating 36 “Sweet Cases” for foster children in Norwalk area.
“In November, we learned that children in the foster care system don’t always have something to carry their personal belongings in and are given large black garbage bags. The young people wanted to do something to help,” said Donna Forcier, Director of Religion and Youth Minister at St. Ladislaus. She got in touch with Together We Rise, which is a non-profit organization that helps facilitate the process of getting duffle bags to local foster children. “We especially liked the idea that the cases would go to local children and that we would be involved in personalizing the cases and not just donating money,” she said.
The next step was to raise enough funds to purchase the Sweet Cases. Each consisted of a duffle bag, stuffed teddy bear, a blanket, toiletries, a coloring book and crayons. The Youth Group held a bake sale and thanks to the generosity of the small but enthusiastic parish, they were able to purchase 36 Sweet Cases! Youth group members assembled this month to decorate all the duffle bags with positive words of encouragement and fun drawings. They will be delivering them to a foster care agency in Norwalk on Friday.
The St. Ladislaus Youth Group was founded in October of 2016 with 4 original members. We now have 35 members. We meet on Wednesdays throughout the year and welcome young people in 8th through 12th grade. St. Lasilaus Parish is located at 25 Cliff Street in South Norwalk. For more information visit the website.