“Operation: Peanut Butter and Jelly”

This year, August 7th 2021, marks the 150th anniversary of death and birth to heaven of the founder of the Little Servant Sisters of Immaculate Conception, Blessed Edmund Bojanowski. Our Founder dedicated his life to the service of the needy: the sick, children, poor, elderly, and homeless. The sisters, staff, and residents at St. Joseph’s so often have their own missions to contribute to the community and quality of life for others.

Serving the community provides us with a sense of purpose and reward for helping others. In the Spirit of Bl. Edmund Bojanowski, the sisters together with the residents of St. Joseph’s Assisted Living and Nursing Home, with the help of residents’ families and staff who generously donated peanut butter, jelly, bottled water, and snacks, participated in Operation: Peanut Butter and Jelly on Thursday, July 29th. Over 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made and packed in bags with inspirational messages from our Founder, additional snacks, and water to donate to a local homeless shelter. The residents had so much fun making the sandwiches and having a “job” to do that day. For many, it brought them back to happy memories and a time when they were making lunch for their children, family, or friends. Some of the residents even snacked on extra sandwiches they made for themselves.

It was a great time for all involved. With the help of Dr. Norma Bowe and Saret Buseri of Be The Change NJ, community service and activism group, the care packages were distributed to the needy. Thank you to our resident’s family members, friends, and all who made this project possible through your donations and time. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Bowe and the wonderful volunteers from Be The Change. We are hopeful to continue this project in the future so that the mission of having our own purpose while supporting the needs of others may be carried out. And who doesn’t love snacking on PB&J sandwiches when we are supposed to be making them for others?!