2013 Virginia Family Activity of the Year

District 20 District Deputy Felix Hernandez accepts the 2013 Family Activity Award from State Deputy Tommy Harger on behalf of Fr. Maurice du Castillon Council 14755 in Washington, Virginia


Fr. Maurice du Castillon Council 14755


In September, 2012, members of Fr. Maurice du Castillon Council, led by their Family Chairman, organized and conducted a Fall Harvest Food Drive at their parish, asking the parishioners for donations of food items and cash. The result was a pick-up truck loaded with 1,126 pounds of canned and packaged food, $1,350 in cash and $100 in gift cards.


The food, cash and gift cards were delivered to the area Catholic Charities food depot for distribution to a number of local food pantries. But the September 2012 effort was only a small part of this council’s Food for Families program. The larger, ongoing, project began in 2011 with members of this council participating in planning meetings with Catholic Charities to set up the food depot to serve as a distribution point to food pantries in the six surrounding counties.


The result of these planning meetings is the CHOW program, which stands for Christ House on Wheels. Since April of 2012, members of this council have contributed over 300 man hours, using their personal vehicles to drive more than 1,500 miles to deliver over 25,000 pounds of food. This council’s Food for Families effort has been recognized by a certificate of appreciation from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, and the council’s work has been recognized in the Arlington Catholic Herald.


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