Named after one of our own young members at St. Albert the Great, Sophia Gyimesi, who has displayed many acts of compassion for children and youth living in poverty in our own community.
Sophia’s Closet began several years ago collecting gently used uniforms that are donated to schools and families who are in need of additional uniforms but often cannot afford one uniform much less a second. The program has expanded and now collects gently used school items such as lunch boxes, backpacks, youth clothing specific to coats, shoes, books, and other learning materials such as games and puzzles. Donated items are and distributed to various organizations, schools and youth centers within the Kentuckiana area. Parents and parishioners are not asked to purchase items but to clean out your child or grandchild’s closet or under the bed where items, that are like new, typically become lost. These like new items can be reused and appreciated by a needy child in our community.
We stress that the items are GENTLY USED. New items will always be accepted, but the focus of Sophia’s Closet is to teach children and youth the significance of donating their own personal items to other children who are in need.
In addition, if your school community, PTO, etc. would like learn more about the program and possibly begin your own ministry in this area, please contact Mary Lynn. She will be happy to come out to speak to your school groups about the program.
What does the Church say about poor and vulnerable persons? Catholic Social Teaching says that we should have a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable people who live in this world. We often find ourselves at the intersection of charity and justice. In this fast paced world, we typically find it the easiest to offer works of charity. But through charity is justice.
St. Basil the Great, a fourth century bishop and doctor of the Church said. “The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.”