Hello St. Charles Parishioners,
My name is Deacon Allen Olson and I was the middle school Religion and K-8 Music teacher at St. Charles School. I am a Deacon at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in North Lake and every December, parishioner Jacyntha Shaw and I go out to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is the poorest Indian Reservation in the United States. We visit Red Cloud Catholic School which has wonderful connections with the Marquette Jesuits. Through the generous donations of St. Charles last year we were able to give each teacher kindergarten through 8th Grade a box of teaching supplies and each student a bag full of school supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, crayons/markers, pencil box, etc. We also give each K-4th grade student a small stuffed animal as a gift. For many this will be the only gift they will receive at Christmas time. We deliver clothing (new) for Sacred Heart (which is like St. Vincent de Paul) that residents may purchase at extremely low prices. Through the generous donations last year of St. Charles parishioners we also supplied another nearby Catholic school on the reservation, Our Lady of Lourdes, with the same amount of supplies as Red Cloud School.
I humbly again ask for your generosity this year and as you purchase school supplies for your children that you may also purchase an item for Red Cloud School students. There will be large totes at the back of church where you or your child may drop off the school items. Thank you so very much!