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New Jersey/Staten Island Area Marth Mariam Samajam Community Outreach

New Jersey/Staten Island Area Marth Mariam Samajam of our Diocese decided to serve the community to bring forth the good message of caring and sharing for the needy and less fortunate. This event successful community event took place at a community food bank located at Hillside, New Jersey on August 13th 2016.

The MMVS has been doing the voluntary work at this community for the past four years. Under the leadership of our Diocesan Metropolitan, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, our Marth Mariam Samajam decided to do the charity and volunteering efforts to serve the local community. The efforts were coordinated by Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas, MMVS Vice president, Mrs. Santha Varghese, MMVS General Secretary and Dr. Ammukutty Paulose, MMVS charity coordinator, along with Mrs. Soffy Vilson the New Jersey/Staten Island Area MMVS coordinator and Mrs. Ani Ninan the area representative.

In spite of the scorching heat, this year’s event was attended by many of our MMVS members, along with youth and other adults from our parishes in the New Jersey/Staten Island area. Rev. Fr. Sunny Joseph, Vicar of St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Linden, New Jersey opened the community event with prayer.

More than 50 members participated in the outreach program as they volunteered in organizing, sorting, arranging and packing the food items that are supplied to the poor and the needy. St. George Church of Staten Island, New York, St. Stephens Church of Midland Park, New Jersey, St. Gregorios Church of Clifton, NJ, and St Mary's Church of Linden, NJ donated a large quantity of nonperishable food items to the community food bank.

The hard work of Mrs. Jayamol Das, MMVS Secretary, Mrs. Shobha Jacob, MMVS Secretary of St. Mary’s Church, Linden, NJ, Mrs. Suja Jose, MMVS secretary of St. George Church, Staten Island, NY, Mrs. Kochanamma George, MMVS representative of St. Gregorios Church, Clifton, NJ and Mrs. Shiny Raju, Diocesan Parents Couple Coordinator are to be recognized for encouraging participation to attend the community outreach program. Special thanks to each participant who took their time and effort in joining this year’s event and making it a blessing.

Report submitted by Dr. Soffy Vilson

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