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Good Samaritan Awards Presented


Trina Dietz
Communications Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Catholic Charities presents awards to Coborn’s Inc., Shirley Meyer
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud recently presented its annual Good Samaritan Awards to two recipients: Coborn’s Inc. and Shirley Meyer.  
Recipients are recognized for following the example of the biblical “Good Samaritan” by helping those who are in need without an expected reward.

Coborn’s, Inc.
Last month, Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf assisted over 2,100 families with food. It truly is a community food shelf, with hundreds of volunteers stocking the shelves with thousands of pounds of food from community donors.
One of those donors is Coborn’s, Inc. Catholic Charities values Coborn’s not just for its (and its customer’s) food contributions, but also for their donation of non-food goods, and cooperation in working to fight hunger.
Coborn’s has a long history of contributing to Catholic Charities Food Shelf, but they do more than just give food.
“Coborn’s is a quiet community leader” said Kathryn Stolpman, Manager of Catholic Charities Emergency Services. “There are very few of their good deeds that they use for their promotional advantage. Whenever I call Coborn’s, they are always willing to help with whatever the food shelf needs; whether that is a donation of grocery carts or shopping bags, assisting with keeping peanut butter on the shelf when there’s a shortage at our usual supplier. I know we can count on them, and they’ll ask nothing in return.”
Coborn’s nomination video can be found at: http://youtu.be/mXoEi9prUy0

Shirley Meyer
Catholic Charities Senior Dining serves over 350,000 meals each year through its Meals on Wheels and Group Dining programs. Completing the paperwork for the diners in over 50 communities is a big job – one in which Shirley Meyer of St. Cloud volunteered to assist.
After her husband passed away, Meyer moved to the St. Cloud area to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. When she arrived she didn’t know many people, but had an energetic spirit, and a passion for volunteering. She began to volunteer with RSVP and other community organizations including Catholic Charities.
While Meyer is from the southern United States, she doesn’t let Minnesota weather get in the way of helping others. In 2013, Shirley volunteered 794 hours for Catholic Charities Senior Dining – an average of 15 hours per week.
“Shirley really is a women who is heartfelt in everything she does,” said Ruth Hunstiger, Catholic Charities Director of Community Services. “She thinks with her heart, she acts with her heart and she makes a difference for everybody she touches.”
Meyers’s nomination video can be found at: http://youtu.be/Y42uy3Zhxb4
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. It builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs.