Felician Center Partners Help Put Food on Tables

Weekly distributions of groceries, lunches, and gift cards unite donors and recipients.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Felician Center in Kingstree, SC, has distributed food every Tuesday to residents of Williamsburg County in the form of bags of groceries, bagged lunches, or gift cards to local grocery stores.

“Whenever the clients line up for the giveaways, they never know what the ‘gift’ might be that they are blessed to receive,” said Felician Center Director Sr. Mary Susanne Dziedzic.

“All kinds of church groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals from near and far ‘donate,’ ‘share,’ ‘bless’ people in need with their generous hearts.”

Sr. Mary Susanne Dziedzic

On Tuesday, October 20, Williamsburg Regional Hospital prepared 85 bag lunches for distribution from the Felician Center. The hospital CEO and Hospital Foundation Director Fran Clowney were both on site for the distribution.

In addition, Pee Dee Catholic Charities received a grant from the Black River United Way and provided $3500 worth of grocery gift cards to Food Lion and Walmart to 70 households serving 178 individuals. Michele Corkum and Amber Anderson from Catholic Charities registered clients.

Clients starting lining up at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. distribution and, according to Sr. Susanne, all was gone within 45 minutes. “And, yes,” she said, “others needed to be turned away. There will never be enough to feed everyone. But even when they are turned away, you can hear some of them say ‘thank you’ and ‘God bless you, Sisters’ for taking care of us.”

The Felician Center is a ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America serving the community of Kingstree, SC. To learn more, please visit their website.

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Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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