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Donations at Local Church for Those With Losses to Sandy 'Reassuring'

The Lacey United Methodist Church will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday

Loren Delutri’s eyes teared as she packed toiletries at the Lacey United Methodist Church.

The church is filled with donations of supplies and clothing for those residents in need.

“It’s reassuring that swarms of people are donating stuff,” Delutri said. “And it’s good stuff…People are going out and spending their money in this bad economy.”

A tree hit Delutri’s home during the storm. She still doesn’t have power and with an autistic child, she needed a secure and warm place to stay and that’s at the United Methodist Church where she is also volunteering.

“The best thing that I can do is stay here and help out,” she said.

The number of families staying at the church is hard to say because people are in and out—many have been invited to find shelter in homes by total strangers, she said.

Volunteers at the church are putting together care packages for children and adults, including those similar to Operation Shoebox for the troops with razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other necessities.

Children’s packages include a “trick or treat” special since Halloween was postponed.

The Church has coats, jackets and other clothing items—“anything these people lost,” Delutri said.

Tonight the church will be serving a corn beef dinner. The church has heat, power, outlets, showers and laundry services.

Breakfast is at 7 a.m., lunch is at noon and dinner is at 6 p.m.

“We’re feeding everybody,” Delutri said.

The German Butcher has donated lunch and Meat BBQ has donated dinner for up to 500 people for Saturday. 

Other businesses such as Applebee’s, Walmart, ShopRite, Anthony’s Pizza and D'Amato Bakery have also donated.

beachgirl November 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
These are awesome people!! I stopped by there on Thursday night to donate some things that I heard they needed and they could not have been more appreciative! What saddens me most is that St. Pius, the HUGE church right across the street with more resources and greater amount of parishioners have done NOTHING as far as I can tell. I am very disappointed in my church for not opening their doors to the community in this time of great need!!
diane November 02, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I too am a member of St Pius and am so disgusted at the the lack of outreach and real help to a community in need. Am seriously thinking about changing to the Lutheran or Methodist. Church in town. They are always doing something positive at no cost for those in need.
Lorraine B November 02, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The Captain's Inn is awesome donating foor for us to cook and sserve
Melissa Swansen-Campanalonga November 03, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I'd lOve to bring my son and volunteer. Are there sign ups or just show up?
Meg November 03, 2012 at 02:14 AM
St. Pius generous?? Then they would have to part with the nickels they feverishly count every week which they demand of parishioners and CCD attendees! You can not simply be a member of the church or pray at St. Pius unless you pay their price - that's why they have not opened their doors.....who would cover their costs? Thanks a million times over to all the other truly generous, kind, giving facilities in Lacey who care more about the people than their nickels!
Peter November 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
One of the turnoffs when I moved to this town a few years ago was how money hungry St Pius is. Between CCD and the expected "envelope", it shifts the focus to what the religion is supposed to be about.
laceylocal November 03, 2012 at 03:06 AM
A small church like this has extended a hand to those in need, yet St. Pius has done nothing. Why is that?
LUMC November 03, 2012 at 03:08 AM
We here at LUMC would like to thank EVERYONE who has reached out, not just from our church but from ALL the churches in Lacey. Its great to see everyone pull together its not a denominational thing! We are truly blessed by the support everyone has given. I wish all the people who were effected by the hurricane could see how much love and support every one has shown & given, regardless of their spiritual path. We are all in this together gang! Jesus said we are to love each other the way he loved, unconditionally and abundantly. Let's just do that together, cause there are a lot of hurting and broken people, who need us and see Jesus through us. Blessings and PEACE - PL
LUMC November 03, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Just come orientation meeting is at 8 a.m Thank You for helping us make a difference
Elaine Buzzeo November 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I am catholic and was a member of St. Pius and left years ago. Since Sandy, my family and I have been helping out at the church. This is a wonderful caring group. I can't say enough about them. They are open 24/7 and are PETFRIENDLY, which in my book is a plus when so many shelters would not take pets during this terrible time. They turn no one away. If anyone more fortunate can help out, they could use food, even cooked meals for dinner time. And, they also have volunteers going out to help property owners in need in or around Lacey Township, if anyone is looking to help out.
Andy November 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I grew up in Lacey, but moved to upstate NY in the late 80's. I still visit old friends at least yearly and I still love the town (although it certainly has changed in the last 25 years!). It is sad that it appears that St. Pius is not reaching out to help the community, but not surprising. Kudos to the Methodist church and all the fine folks in Lacey Township for stepping up and helping one another. Good luck to everyone and I will keep all of you in my prayers!
Jason Edwards November 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Find a new parish - there's no "rule" that you have to attend the parish in your home town. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Whiting is an amazing parish and whenever I visit family in Lacey I always drive out to Whiting instead of going to St. Pius.
Jason Edwards November 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am a devout Catholic and whenever I visit my family in Lacey, I do not like attending St. Pius - I attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Whiting instead. I've only been to St. Pius as a visitor, but there's always a very strange feeling when I'm there, like people are just going through the motions. St. Pius was the first parish I EVER went to in my five years as a Catholic where most of the people around me will not shake my hand during the Sign of Peace. I've attended Mass all over NJ, Norristown PA, Philadelphia PA, Niagara Falls NY, Golden CO, Quebec City, several places in Costa Rica, Mt. Airy NC, Sumter SC - NEVER did I ever get turned away from a handshake until I went to St. Pius; it just doesn't feel very warm there. Sadly, they always say that if you have a saintly priest, you have a saintly congregation; but if you have an average (or below-average) priest, you have problems. Write the priests to voice your concerns; write the bishop if you have to, but go to the priests first. Tell them about the scandal this is causing and how it's harming your faith; it may wake them up. Remember: we are to love the faith, and not a particular parish or priest. Read the Catechism and know your faith so that when you meet up with bad priests, it won't shake you from the Church - just from that bad parish. Look elsewhere for a parish - I know people who travel almost two hours to get to their favorite parish! Love the Church, but dump your parish if you have to.
Jason Edwards November 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Lastly, keep in mind that the purpose of the universal Church is to get souls to heaven; PART of that is through service to our neighbor. However, regardless of what the parish is doing, we as individual Catholics have the ability, right, and duty to help those in need. So, regardless of what our particular parishes are doing (or not doing), we can still donate our time and service to many charitable groups and organizations: the Knights of Columbus, the Red Cross, secular or inter-religious soup kitchens and other charities - don't let the inaction of your parish disrupt your charity, but don't let its inaction prevent you from helping elsewhere, either.
Mimi Neuhaus November 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Anyone who wants to donate to the shelter at the Lacey Methodist Church, go there and check the board to see what is needed. They are also serving 3 meals a day for whoever needs a meal.
kathleen keys November 04, 2012 at 06:55 PM
My family would like to thank Lacey Methodist Church for their outreach to all the flood victims.
John November 06, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I would just like to say how upsetting it is to me to hear the back talking about St.Pius. I have been a parishioner of St. Pius for years. I almost lost my home and they will help you all you need to do is ask. If you cannot afford CCD, all you need to do is ask. This is about Religion? Really? What is going on Right now in St Pius? Have you heard of the two little girls in This town that are very sick and they are helping them? They also do have a donation center and from 8 to 5 everyday you can go and get hot food and clothes just like the other Churches. If you are truly a Christian , you would not speak of St Pius this way.
St. Pius Parishioner November 06, 2012 at 01:31 PM
What a disturbing commentary that those who are uninformed are saying about St. Pius X Church. St Pius X has been helping people since last week. They have been delivering food to the home bound, going shopping for them, matching up people who have lost power or their homes to families who are willing to open their homes up to them. They have cut down trees and removed debris. They have opened their Parish Hall from 8am-5pm and serve food, have clothing, shoes, blankets, coats, baby items, toiletries, etc.They are doing laundry, giving food to anyone who comes in. They have gone to people's home door to door that they have not been able to reach on the phone. They have helped relatives try and find loved ones that they lost contact with.The list is endless. People from other Churches that are no longer open have both been given donations and are helping in the Relief Center. The Samaritan Ministry of St. Pius X have been helping people all year, not just during this emergency. My family and I are VERY PROUD Parishioners of St. Pius X, their Pastor, their Staff who have been working tirelessly to help anyone in need. Thanks to ALL the Churches, Organizations, Restaurants, Vendors and everyday Volunteers who put their time & money into actually helping this Community. May God Bless Us All!
Another St. Pius Parishioner November 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is all very disturbing . I am a St .Pius X Parishioner as well. If you do not attend our Church, how can you base comments on what you do not know. As stated above, as Parshioners we stick together and help all. My Family is also VERY PROUD to be a member of St.PIUS X CHURCH! We love our Pastor and all the Staff!! God Bless
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:37 AM
@John ... I think you really ought to sit down and have a glass of water
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:43 AM
@ John ... Me Thinks you ought to sit down and have a glass of water
Me thinks November 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
AMEN!

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