From our regional correspondent
In Metz, the Little Sisters of the Poor manage a retirement home welcoming 76 elderly people with limited resources. For this, they rely on donations, including parish quests and food drives in supermarkets. The two confinements, accompanied by the interruptions of masses and the limitations of contact, dealt a serious blow to the reserves and the additional costs linked to the health crisis stretched the budget.
On November 7, Sister Hélène carried out a successful operation: the “drive collection”. The community of 15 nuns had set up a signposted route under the courtyard adjoining its village hall, transformed for the occasion into a logistics warehouse. Throughout the day, a ballet of motorists, informed by a massive communication in the parishes of the sector, deposited bags of non-perishable food and hygiene products, immediately cleared in respect of barrier gestures.
“Some of the chests were packed. Enough to be independent for two months, including toilet paper and printer paper, even if of course you have to supplement by buying fresh products ”, says Sister Hélène. The idea came to her during the first confinement, while she was in the community of Strasbourg. She had conducted a first successful “drive collection” on May 8. Since then, in Metz, spontaneous donations continue. “There isn’t a day without someone leaving a bag at reception! And unlike supermarket collections, people don’t come for a kilo of sugar. I think it won’t stop. And so much the better! “, notes the nun, quite satisfied with the communication operation: “There was a realization that for us donations are a vital need. “ A new “drive” operation will be scheduled for 2021.