Serving God is also packing socks during NCSW

From March 8 – 14, NCSW is an annual celebration that began in 2014 to honor women religious with a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus on the lives of these incredible women. It’s a chance to recognize all that they do, with the hope that as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.

The Joy of Sox Board Chair Tracy McGuckin (l.) explains the protocol of sorting and packaging socks.  From left: MSC candidate Evarlyne Ndeti; MSCs Sr. Amarech Herego LeFamo, Sr. Antonina Avitabile and Sr. Christine Marie Baltas (2nd r.) listen attentively to the instructions.

In celebration of NCSW, on Saturday, March 7th, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus joined the Delaware Valley Member Area of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) in a day of service in Phoenixville, PA sorting and packaging socks at The Joy of Sox warehouse. The Joy of Sox, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides new socks for those experiencing homelessness.  Sisters from seven religious congregations including Missionary Sisters Antonina Avitabile, Christine Marie Baltas, Amarech Herego LeFamo, and MSC candidate Evarlyne Ndeti, sorted a total of 22,730 pairs and packaged 260 bags of socks  for later distribution to shelters in the greater Philadelphia, PA and Trenton, NJ region, and shipment to shelters throughout the United States.  
The sorting and packaging was done to the music of oldies and Motown playing throughout the warehouse to which everyone smiled and joined in singing.

                ~ submitted by Nancy Costello, Province Vocation Promotion Team

Thanks to Guadalupe Province weekly updates for this article.

Photo: on their Day of Service at The Joy of Sox warehouse in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, seven different congregations of sister religious teamed up to sort and package socks for distribution to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

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