The following photos and text arrive from Srs. Mary Frances and Katherine as they reflect on last Tuesday’s annual Turkey Meal Delivery. The Thanksgiving Week event brings together these two former Visitation School teachers with their students in the sisters’ present North side neighborhood community.
Reflection from Sr. Mary Frances on the Thanksgiving Basket Event:
“It was WONDERFUL on every level……Neighborhood women helped organize and ‘direct traffic’ and give out directions to the Vis students when they arrived with 140 baskets and turkeys — complete with baking pans. The boxes arrived beautifully packed with everything you could ever want for a complete meal!
My favorite part was the comaraderie between the Visitation students and our friends and neighbors in North Minneapolis. One gentleman told me he has been doing this delivery with us for 15 years; the neat thing about that is that there is a mutuality and an ownership for this event by the community.
Students who delivered 25 baskets to Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (the oldest African American social service agency in Minnesota) and 25 to Turning Point - were greeted by staff and clients alike and given an excellent overview of their programs.
The Vis students “LIVE JESUS” in a remarkable way….They are well prepared and ever so natural in their presence to each and every person. In one instance they delivered a box to a home only to discover the family had moved. The woman currently living at the residence asked if she could have a turkey. The students came all the way back to the Monastery and then returned to give the woman her turkey….This is just one example of how they went over and above what was asked of them.
After the deliveries, everyone came back to Fremont House for Cookie Cart cookies and hot apple cider.
Now onward to the 600+ Christmas stockings the students will prepare for our children and those in the various agencies around the North side!”