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Donate food items on July 4 in memory of Ben Delain

Dear Parish Leaders,

Normally, I don’t contact you about “non-Diocesan” news, but I thought you might want to share with your parishioners some information about a special food drive happening next week.

The Peter Delain Family of St. Bernard Parish in Green Bay is asking people to bring a non-perishable food item to the Fourth of July celebrations in Green Bay. The collection is in memory of their son Ben, who died two years ago at age 11. All food will benefit Paul’s Pantry, The Salvation Army, and the Hunger Network. Ben loved the Fourth of July and he loved helping those less fortunate. In fact, his last act was to share his apple with a man standing at the Wausau exit, holding a sign “I am hungry.” To honor his life, the Delain family created Ben’s Wish Foundation (www.benswish.org) to benefit the hungry.

Non-perishable food can be dropped off at two locations on July 4:

1. Before or after the 1 p.m. Liberty Bell Ringing ceremony on July 4 at the Brown County Courthouse. The first 200 children to make a food donation will receive a $2.00 bill commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2. Between 1:30 and 11 p.m. July 4 at either end of the Ray Nitchke Memorial Bridge (Dousman Street). Look for the Ben’s Wish Food Bin.

If you would, please let your parishioners know about the food collection. On behalf of the family, I ask you to remember Ben’s Wish in your prayers.

Thank you,

Renae Bauer
Assistant Director of Communications
Catholic Diocese of Green Bay

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