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Cleveland Clerk of Courts employees’ donation brightens Thanksgiving for La Sagrada Familia Church

PHOTO BY OBED W. SHELTON October 2014; La Sagrada Familia Church, 7719 Detroit Avenue: Fr. Robert Reidy of La Sagrada Familia Church (far left) accepts a money and food donation from Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner (3rd from right), and members of the employees’ committee  “We Care”. The donation was made in the same church kitchen from which thieves stole food last June. From left to right; Fr. Robert Reidy, Marisellie Rivera (Human Resources Administrator), Shonda Jenkins (Supervisor Criminal Division), Dwight Lacey (Chief of Security) Earle B. Turner (Clerk of Courts), Delissica Crosby (Chief Deputy Clerk), and Mary Wooden (Chief Deputy Clerk).

PHOTO BY OBED W. SHELTON
October 2014; La Sagrada Familia Church, 7719 Detroit Avenue: Fr. Robert Reidy of La Sagrada Familia Church (far left) accepts a money and food donation from Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner (3rd from right), and members of the employees’ committee “We Care”. The donation was made in the same church kitchen from which thieves stole food last June. From left to right; Fr. Robert Reidy, Marisellie Rivera (Human Resources Administrator), Shonda Jenkins (Supervisor Criminal Division), Dwight Lacey (Chief of Security) Earle B. Turner (Clerk of Courts), Delissica Crosby (Chief Deputy Clerk), and Mary Wooden (Chief Deputy Clerk).

(Plain Press, December 2014) In October, employees of the Cleveland Clerk of Courts office donated $500, plus 10 boxes of canned goods to La Sagrada Familia Church on Detroit Ave. The employees have been raising money for the donation since hearing that someone robbed the church of money, equipment, and food for the poor this summer. “Some of our employees said, how can we help”, said Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle Turner. “Our employees contribute monthly for charities in exchange for the privilege of dressing business casual.”

On June 18th, someone stole from the Roman Catholic Church, food for community meals, wine for communion, part of a sound system for the choir and boxes containing money for poor children locally and internationally. The church is one of the largest Latino congregations in Ohio, with 17 different Hispanic nationalities represented.

“I’m very appreciative”, said Parrish Priest Father Robert Reidy. ”Good stuff comes out of bad. We were kind of depressed. But to see people like this that reach out to our community, we really appreciate it.” Father Reidy said the donated food and money would be used to give 180 families a Thanksgiving meal.

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