Ladies relief society celebrates year of giving back

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The Catholic Ladies Relief Society recently celebrated another year of giving to the community. This year the society raised enough funds to donate to the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet, The Gathering Inn, What would Jesus Do, Bishop Gallegos maternity home in Sacramento and Catholic Charities USA. The society, which is comprised of eight groups spanning from Chico to Auburn, has given money to other Auburn organizations and individuals in the recent past. Those groups include the Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage in Vietnam, which was started by Auburn Vietnam veterans. The group also donated funds to help complete the assembly of a playground for children in Afghanistan. The playground project was started by Tom Stefani, whose grandmother is a society member. Stefani died in Afghanistan but society members’ donation helped to finish his playground project. The society has also bought script from St. Joseph Elementary School in Auburn and donated to needy families in and around the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Teresa of Avila, both in Auburn. The society welcomes new members. The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the fireside room at St. Teresa of Avila Church, located on Atwood Road in Auburn. The next meeting is Sept. 8. ~ Staff report