SACO — Administrators of the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish have announced totals for parishioner support of its Social Justice Commission programs for the past year.

In the weekly bulletin issued Sunday at churches making up the parish, Good Shepherd officials say donations helped Good Shepherd distribute 175 Thanksgiving baskets to the needy last fall.

Through its “Giving Tree” program, 571 gifts were delivered to families in the parish last Christmas and $4,587 was collected by parishioners during its annual Rice Bowl campaign.

Parish officials said that more than 150 sets of underwear and socks were collected for clients at Seeds of Hope in Biddeford and donations of crutches, wheelchairs, and canes helped to fill out a Rotary Club shipment of medical supplies to Africa.

Over the summer, 81 full backpacks for school were provided to needy children in the area and infant clothing, cribs and carriers were collected for two young pregnant women who chose to keep and raise their babies.

The parish’s Social Justice Commission also sponsored a program presented by an elder law attorney entitled, “Planning Ahead for the End of Life” for seniors in the area earlier this year.

Churches making up Good Shepherd Parish are Most Holy Trinity in Saco, St. Joseph in Biddeford, St. Margaret in Old Orchard Beach, St. Philip in Lyman and St. Brendan Chapel in Biddeford Pool.

Anyone interested in joining the parish’s Social Justice Commission is asked to call 282-3954.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected]

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