Center for Lay Ministries

Food Pantry/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services


Mission Possible 3. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

By Virginia Klemens

My name is Virginia, and like Virginia O'Hanlon who wrote to the New York Sun in 1897, I believe in Santa Claus.

I also believe in the goodness of the people of Jeffersonville and especially those many volunteers who support the Center for Lay Ministries. As the Editor of the Sun replied to Virginia's letter, "as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist" so does Santa.  

In writing to the people of the community of Jeffersonville, IN, I want to make you aware of the many ways that CLM volunteers demonstrate love, generosity and devotion to the clients served through our food pantry and the program of recovery provided women residing at the Bliss House.

Devotion and dedication are demonstrated weekly by the more than forty volunteers who staff a.m. and p.m. shifts, Monday through Friday at the food pantry. The love and generosity of the people in our local congregations, public, parochial and private schools, scout troops and local businesses keep our pantry shelves stocked with non-perishable food. 

Generosity is further demonstrated by the Bliss Committee and its volunteer members who support the women of the Bliss House with programs, events and fund-raisers. Attending a Bliss House graduation is a way to personally witness the love and support for women in recovery.

Dedication is further demonstrated in the commitment of committee members serving the CLM Board. Social services, education, finance, fund-raising and a strategic plan all support our mission to strengthen our community one life at a time. Dedication to the various committee responsibilities provides the strength.

Santa visits on Christmas Eve, but the need of the clients served by the programs of the Center for Lay Ministries exists 365 days a year. If the spirit of love, generosity and devotion are to continue to be evident in our ministry we all have to believe and participate in continuing this work in our community.


Please contact CLM (812-282-0063) or at volunteer or make a food or financial donation.

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