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So busy at work Friday and the next couple weeks. Always busy at end of month, but this time we were short one key person who's also on vacation first half of October.
My shift shared about a dozen pizzas Friday, brought in to help celebrate another goal attained. Free pizza helped ease the burden of a very busy day, but I still felt I had to come in Saturday to catch up.
One problem... the 5th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk, something I'd been looking forward to for months, also was Saturday.
I was able to accomplish a lot in four hours and still made it for the walk's start. A truly beautiful day for a walk, or even just to be outside, the early fall colors made for a glorious two mile trek.
Helping the poor has never been so easy. We were truly blessed this year: the generosity of many sponsors and walkers, fresh food and drink courtesy of Catholic Financial Life Branch 40, the huge variety of home baked goods looked forward to every year, Fr. Kevin's pre-walk mass and blessing... It seems every year is better than the last, and not just because of last year's rain. It was wonderful to see so many more walkers than we'd had in the first couple years - and not just from St. William's either - several of whom were either in wheelchairs or strollers.
So many, it seems, care about the poor. Maybe they know someone or have been there themselves. It's possible they just know the good that St. Vincent de Paul does and wanted to help support us. Either way we walked together, from age one to mid-eighties, united in the common cause to help relieve suffering due to poverty.
It was a beautiful day!