Mercyhurst University’s Social Work Club will be marching in Erie’s 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16 to collect craft and nonperishable food donations in preparation to celebrate another holiday — Mother’s Day.
The student-run club of 70 plans to organize a Mother’s Day meal on May 1 for several area women and their children who are supported by the Mercy Center for Women, a transitional housing and support service for homeless women with or without children.
Students are in need of nonperishable food items to prepare a spaghetti dinner for the Mercy Center’s residents. Donations needed include: pasta, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, canned vegetables (mushrooms, olives and tomatoes).
In addition, students are seeking craft materials — used jewelry, beads, glue, glitter, paint, string, yarn, used frames and wood or materials to make frames — to allow the women’s children to create Mother’s Day gifts.
“We decided to pair our donation drive with the St. Patrick’s Day parade because we thought it would be a great way to collect donations and set an example for the Erie community,” said Brittany Waldecker, a junior social work major at Mercyhurst. “The Mercy Center for Women was delighted when we proposed this idea. It’s always a thrill to help the Mercy Center, especially when it’s so close to Mother’s Day and we have the opportunity to create a special celebration for these women.”
Equipped with a small, Irish-themed float, Mercyhurst students will be collecting craft and food items from parade attendees. Students will also be collecting monetary donations; 100 percent of the proceeds will pay for dinner and craft supplies. Donations can also be made prior to the parade and after at the Mercy Center for Women, 1039 E. 27th St, or at the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union on Mercyhurst's campus. Donations will be collected until April 15.
Mercyhurst students, especially social work and sociology majors, have collaborated on several community service projects with the center over the years. This Mother’s Day dinner will benefit approximately 13 women and 11 children.
Mercyhurst University was recently named to the 2013 President’s Community Service Honor Roll for its continued commitment to the Erie community.
For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org.