Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration
The “Charitable KIDZ” community service group at St. Bernard Parish, Levittown, New York, participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring program, and donated the proceeds to a Dominican-led effort to build an orphanage for children impacted by the earthquake in Haiti. Sisters Didi Madden, OP (Blauvelt) and Valerie Lordi, OP (Sparkill) were invited to speak to the Charitable KIDZ about the orphanage building project. They were joined by Amityville Sisters Christine Sammons, OP of St. Bernard Parish and Margaret Mayce, OP, DLC-NGO Representative to the United Nations. On Super Bowl Sunday, the KIDZ stood outside church after each Mass and collected donations in soup pots. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Charitable Kidz and the generosity of St. Bernard’s parishioners, a check for $5,000 was sent to Valerie and Didi to help with the building project.