St. Pio Parish
The Catholic Communities of St. John and St. Mark
Old Saybrook & Westbrook, CT
Walk With Haiti - NEWS & EVENTS
HELP FOR HAITI
Please keep Haiti and its people in your prayers after they suffered a major earthquake on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The town of Jeremie, a remote town in southwest Haiti (the Grand'Anse Department) was one of the worst-hit areas. Some people have asked how they can help or where to send money. One of our parishioners, Dr. Dan Scoppetta, a member of the Walk With Haiti Committee and a member of St. Mark's Knights of Columbus Council has a great suggestion. Dan has made many trips to that area, performing surgery... He works closely with an organization there, called GAHDA (Grand'Anse Health & Development Association), which has provided many services to the community for over 30 years. Their executive director, Bette Gebrian, PhD, RN, MPH, moved to Jeremie from Connecticut in 1987, and raised her family there. Dr. Scoppetta knows that GAHDA is ready to help when disasters strike. After Hurricane Matthew devastated most of the Grand'Anse Department in 2016, GAHDA immediately began coordinating relief efforts, including the dispersal of food, medicines, healthcare, and relief supplies. GAHDA also provided building supplies for home repair to over 3,000 people who lost their housing. For more information about who they are and what they do, visit their website www.GAHDA.org. Donations can be made there using Paypal, credit cards and debit cards. Contact Dan Scoppetta at 860-573-9287, he will explain a simple way to donate cash or by check. Thank you – Walk With Haiti Committee
GIFTS FOR HAITI
Thanks very much to everyone who donated the many beautiful new clothes and backpacks being sent to our sister parish in Haiti in October! The Walk With Haiti Committee purchased school supplies to fill the 55 backpacks and, all up, we have completely filled two 57-gallon barrels. Your generosity is amazing!
GIVE A GIFT OF HOPE THIS CHRISTMAS!
GIFT CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS
Gift cards for 100's of popular local retailers are available for purchase again this year - from Amazon to LL Bean, Dairy Queen to Starbucks, we probably have you covered! When you buy the cards from Walk With Haiti you get more for your money as the stores support our education programs. The cards need to be ordered, so get your form in soon so you'll have cards in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Print the form below, or copies are available on bulletin boards at St Mark church, at the parish office, and from gift card sellers after Masses at St. Mark. For more information contact Rachel 860-767-1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.