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January 31, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 00.00elping the homeless 00arol Templin donates clothing to homeless in Washington D.C. BY MARY ANN HUGHES found her answer in the meal each day, and most Message staff writer last two years, mplin's garage in has served as a n point, a place to clothing for Carol and her Jim spend their up the do- eras and mailing t In 50- to 70-pound o Washington D.C. ,.the boxes are deity- M] ichael Kirwan, a Operates House of a place for the ;.ties to the homeless gton, D.C. began that turned into g project. She Paper twist-dolls. raade the dolls and as gifts. I was en- make more dolls, and to sell them. ideas and more re- decided to ask our ry and the Holy and inspire me. my hobby to her as the small :arne I would share." adding a minia- dove to each of her of' Mary and Spirit. "These are rs of thanksgiving :le prayer for the receives the he 0ly Prayed to Mary and the s la' °Piritula for oui'd ance, in %l,,g a Special ulace to wrt o -, '" r proiits. She RUXER b. LINCOLN . MERCURY Catholic Standard, the weekly Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Wash- ington• "I received the paper second-hand from my sister, Connie Shafter, who at one time lived and worked in the D.C. area and continues to re- ceive the paper. "Before Thanksgiving of 1989, I was reading that paper and came across a let- ter of appeal from a Michael Kirwan who is in charge of Hospitality House in Wash- ington, D.C." In his letter, Kirwan asked for donations of clothing and toiletries for the homeless. He wrote: "Every night three or four people sleep on the little porch that fronts our hospi- tality house on T Street, N.W. They are wrapped in old clothes, worn sleeping bags and ragged blankets. They constantly ask for blankets or for coats. We don't have any to give. "Every morning when I open our front door at 4 a.m. to get the soup ready for our soup line, people are already waiting to come in and get warm. What a wrenching sight it is, and how often it brings tears, anguish, frustra- tion at being able to give so little. "Once again I must ask your readers for all the blan- kets and warm clothing they can spare. Last year we gave out hundreds of blankets, iniltens, hats and scarves... "About 200 people ask for a JASPI[R ] L482-t2ooJ al Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller Colne hear what the Word is saying to your parish! ROCK SCRIFI'I,IO00 STUDY WORKSHOP Sponsored by the Office of Religious Education Diocese of Evansville February 22, 1992 Catholic (enter, Evansville For more information or to register, contact Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B. Office of Religious Education P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 ne: (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731 spend their days and nights on the streets. What a differ- ence a warm coat, sweater or blanket makes•" Kirwan also asked for do- nations of socks and under- wear, noting that he himself keeps "only two pairs of socks and two pairs of under- wear -- one to wear and one to wash in the sink at night. I cannot in good conscious do anything else. "So often we hear that the homeless are dirty and umkempt because they want to be that way. 'Yet they ask every day for things to make themselves smell, look and feel better. "The other day a man came to the door and asked for a pair of socks. He showed me his feet and they were abso- lutely the worst that I had ever seen. They had tremen- dous sores that looked like something one had seen of Father Damien's lepers on Molokai. "I could not stand to look but I could not avert my eyes either, the horror of it. I thought of St. Francis of As- sist kissing the feet of the leper and how he would have loved this man, but I could not even bear to touch him. "I had no socks to.give him except for my own, which I had not washed. But he took a shower and felt wonderful, and never a (:omplaint about the lack of socks. He said to me, 'Maybe the next time, Mike,'" After reading Kirwan's let- ter, whit:h slat; said was "one of the most touching lelters 1 bad ever tea(t," Carol realize(t she had found a special place to send her extra profits. "I de(:ide,(t I would sen(t him a little money, hut some- thing told me that this was Carol Templin's hobby of making paper-twist dolls has led to work for the homeless. -- Message photo by Paul A. Newland not enough. I decided to go one step further and I wrote a letter to our local newspaper with exerpts from his letter. (I thought) maybe others would want to help too. "The response was tremen- dous. People called; they do- nated money and clothes. I was overwhelmed at the gen- erosity, kindness and love of so many." Some people started bringing donated bags of clothing to Carol's home while others sent articles di- rectly to Washington. "I have no idea how many adopted Michael and his cause," Carol said. She does know that the donors include families and individuals, churches an(t so:heels, "all rac:es and creeds." ('arol says that as her doll- lnaking husiness continues to flourish, she is able to con- tinue to donate to "Michael and his peol)le. It's not a lot, but it does pay tor a bowl of soup, a toothbrush, a bar of soup." So far, Carol has only com- municated by phone and by letter with Kirwan, but she hopes to visit him someday. "I do know we have an open invitation from him. Wouldn't it be neat to some- time be able to help him serve soup in their kitchen? "I've never met him but I think he's a walking St. Fran- (;is." She feels enriched by her experieu(:e, noting, "nay life has been touched as I have met some of the most beauti- ful, lovillg, caring persons through this project. "1 treasure all the friend- ships I lave receiw'.d and pray, as the years go on, that many more will come to know the experience of this magnitude -- to set: Christ in the eyes of each human being." Suzanne Dodd is named Special Education Coordinator at Marian Day Suzanne Dodd has been hired to be Special Education Coordinator of the Marian Day School Program in Evansville, beginning Sep- 'ember 1992. She will be re- placing Sister Beata Mehling O.S.B., who will be working in an adult group home in Siberia, Ind., beginning this summer. "She will be assisting me from now until June in the administration of the school and becoming informed of the admilfistrative duties of the program," explained Sis- ter Mehling. "Suzanne has already be- come involved by meeting the ladies who support the school by their Chicken Din- ners. She has also attended the board of directors' meet- ing and plans to attend the meetings of the organizations who are supporting this pro- gram. 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