Catholic Charities at 409 N. Adams in Sallisaw was the recent recipient of donations from five county churches organized by TheBod.tv, based in Roland. Marylynn Lufkin, Catholic Charities coordinator, above, said personal packs of hygiene products are important to those who must live on the government subsidy SNAP, which pays for food only. Chris Thomas of TheBod.tv said churches from Gore to Roland joined in the effort to donate about 150 Life Packs. He explained each congregation is given donation bags, and congregation members donate whatever they can. TheBod.tv then picks up the donations and delivers them to the recipient, which was Catholic Charities this time. He said an earlier donation effort was given to The Homeless Shelter in Akins. Thomas said, "This is an effort to get the churches to work together. It's a county-wide effort to help the less fortunate. It is all inclusive. A lot of people in the congregations are passionate about these causes. We are thrilled the public is getting involved." A previous mission earlier this month was to remodel the Children's Advocacy Center in Sallisaw. Lufkin said Catholic Charities clients are excited about the Life Packs, and come in asking for them. Life Packs contain such items as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, and other hygiene products.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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