The Lazarus Ministry

Did you know? SMM is launching a new ministry to support families living in extended stay hotels along Lee Road. Families typically live week-to-week in a hotel room that cost roughly $300 a week or $1,200 a month for shelter alone. It can require several thousand dollars in upfront fees before a family can even unlock the door to an apartment. Orlando is the only major metro area where 1 in 4 jobs pays less than of $11/hr. (source: Orlando Sentinel).

Fr. Walsh reminded us on the Third Sunday of Advent, we can help transform lives and be a witness right in our own community.  St. Margaret Mary is establishing the Lazarus Ministry to help hundreds of families who live in hotels on Lee Rd.

Our first effort of 2020 will be to support the families with children by replenishing schools supplies and new or gently used books. Distribution of school supplies and book donations for 300+ children is scheduled for January 24, 2020 at the Fairview Library.

Help now by donating to purchase a pre-packaged school supply pack at a cost of $5/pack located at the bottom of this page.

Or, you may also donate supplies and/or books in the Courtyard after Mass on January 11 – 12, 2020.

Supplies needed include Pencils, Pens, Folders, Spiral Notebooks, a Pencil Sharpener, Pencil Pouch, Eraser and Crayons and a Glue Stick for Elementary Students or Highlighters for Middle School or High School Students.

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