The Talk on Tenth

Marquette Launches Lenten Service Project
Blazer Blessing Bags to Benefit Dunebrook
As we approach the grim anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, we reflect on the countless events and experiences lost. It's natural to harbor anger and bitterness in light of non-traditional graduations, dances, Mass services, etc. As many in our community have felt the pinch financially, it's easy to forget those in need before the Great Pause. The pandemic has only amplified the struggles for the at-risk population.

Marquette is helping those affected this Lent. Inspired by the theology department, the school will collect various hygiene, baby, and nutrition products to bundle together into Blazer Blessing Bags. 

"One of our missions is to serve our vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ. Doing a collection drive during Lent gives our students the opportunity to help others. We hope that through this drive we can make a small difference in someone's life. As Saint Mother Theresa said, 'If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one,'" theology instructor Kathleen Beeler said.

Marquette will compile the following items:

Hygiene needs
Individual toothbrushes
Body wash/soap

Baby needs
Baby wipes
Baby shampoo
Baby powder
Baby lotion
Baby cream

Nutrition needs
Granola bars
Protein bars
Cracker snacks/peanut butter
Beef jerky
Trail mix
Bottled Water

The drive will run through March 19th with assembly and distribution to Dunebrook the following week. 

Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit organization, Dunebrook focuses on positive prevention and intervention assistance in child abuse investigations. They serve six counties across Indiana: LaPorte, Porter, Starke, Newton, Jasper, and Pulaski Counties.