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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILThe April 16 meal pickup at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, was sponsored by Lehigh Valley health care workers. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILThe April 16 meal pickup at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, was sponsored by Lehigh Valley health care workers.

Holy Trinity continues meals

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

On April 16, more than 200 people lined up on Pine Street to pick up necessities at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.

This marks the second massive turnout for Holy Trinity’s community dinners.

The church generally sponsors a community lunch the last Saturday of every month with a small crowd.

However, since COVID-19 has quarantined many, the church stepped up its efforts. Food donations have poured in, and the church has used its own funds to provide pizza and local meals from borough businesses.

“For our congregation, this is what being a part of the community means,” Pastor Brian Riedy said. “We have so many people in Catasauqua who stop by the church while we are distributing the food, and they offer us donations.”

To emphasize the point, Riedy told a story about a caregiver who wanted to do something to help and gave a sizable donation.

“We want to support those who are on the front lines in the fight against this virus,” he said.

The effort will continue until things get stable.

The most remarkable happenstance is church council gave the OK to spend what funds they had to support the food effort. It costs the church around $1,500 to $2,000 for each session.

“We have spent most of the money the church allocated for this project; now, we are keeping everything going with donations from people who want to help the effort,” Riedy said. “Our church members are continuing to respond with their donations. We have enough support for another week.”

The church is sponsoring thank-you cards for first responders. You can drop the cards off at the church or call the church to have them picked up.

The cards are generic thank-you cards and will be distributed to all the local hospitals and emergency care facilities.