Jill Stephey, St. Paul's Parishioner
Three years ago, after moving to Mt. Lebanon from Florida, I joined St. Paul’s parish. I was primarily attracted to the church’s outreach efforts, which have expanded during the coronavirus pandemic. To me, the most important aspect of being a Christian is supporting our fellows, particularly those in need.
The pandemic has resulted in widespread loss and suffering. While I have to believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, I recognize the economic effects will extend far longer than the public health crisis. These financial consequences have greatly impacted the most vulnerable populations, those lacking a safety net and access to resources.
A survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that during the third week of June, approximately 14 million children lived in a household that experienced food insecurity. To put it plainly, many children in the U.S., including local communities, are hungry. As a mom to two small children, imagining the distress of these families pulls on my heart. The St. Paul’s COVID-19 Response fund has provided donations to local organizations that focus on relieving food scarcity. As the pandemic continues, it is critical to continue to support these organizations.
On October 10 starting at 4 pm, I will run for 24 hours continuously to raise money for the St. Paul’s COVID-19 response fund. I have been a long-distance runner for many years, although I have never attempted anything of this magnitude. To date, my longest run has been 46 miles in about 12 hours. I hope to complete at least 100 km (62 miles) during this effort.
A donation of $10, $20, or $50 can go a long way toward feeding and supporting our community during this difficult time. You can also consider donating per mile. Thank you for your support!