Perham community invited to unite against homelessness Sept. 16th

Gather4Good® event to be held on grounds of St. Henry’s Catholic school

Gather4Good® is sponsored by Catholic United Financial

Based in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United Financial is a life insurance and financial products cooperative serving 80,000 Catholics in the Upper Midwest since 1878. As a not-for-profit, Catholic United transforms its profits into purpose, bringing together members, employees and community volunteers to pursue its mission through local grants, post-secondary education scholarships, service opportunities and more. For more information about Catholic United Financial, its Foundation or Credit Union, call 651-490-0170, 1-888-568-6670 or visit us online at www.catholicunitedfinancial.org.

For Immediate Release – Aug. 21, 2018

PERHAM, MN – Community members in Perham are taking a big step to spread caring and compassion in their area by holding a Gather4Good® service event during the third Sunday in September. Volunteers of all ages will assemble 2,000 personal care kits at the Gather4Good® event on Sunday, September 16th starting at 11:00 a.m. Local organizations in and around the Perham area will receive and distribute these kits to support the needs of the community.

During the event at St. Henry’s Catholic School, volunteers will assemble personal care items into cloth kit bags, along with written messages of hope and encouragement. Sponsor Catholic United Financial provides refreshments, live music and activities to the volunteers for a joyful mix of work and play. This event will be held outdoors, so volunteers can dress accordingly. More details and online registration can be found at www.gather4good.org/perham2018.

“Our care kit assembly project can be done by anyone age 2 to 102. If you can pick up a toothbrush, you can do it,” said Nate Lamusga, Member Engagement Director for Catholic United Financial. “Families who have participated in the past told us that Gather4Good® was an opportunity to teach their kids a meaningful, hands-on lesson about helping those less fortunate.”

Becky King, local Catholic United Sales Representative in the Perham area, is helping coordinate the event and recruit volunteers. “The charitable organizations I’ve talked to are excited to distribute these care kits, so the need out there is real,” King says.” King also expressed gratitude to the staff of St. Henry’s School for serving as event hosts.

Location: St. Henry’s Catholic School,
253 2nd St SW, Perham, MN
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Catholic United is networking with local charities in Otter Tail County in order to distribute these kits locally, including Rewind Treatment Center and Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham, MN, and Someplace Safe community advocacy agency of Fergus Falls, MN. Representatives of these charities report that when basic necessities like soap and toothpaste are provided to struggling families, they can work on larger issues like housing, job skills and living healthy lifestyles.

Since 2010, Catholic United Financial and its volunteers have distributed more than 33,000 personal care kits and raised more than $50,000 in donations. More information about Gather4Good® is available at www.gather4good.org.

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