Not long after moving to Rock Hall, Maryland more than two years ago, my family began to learn about Saint Martin's Ministries and how they're helping fight poverty here in Kent County and throughout the Eastern Shore with their transitional home for women and families, thrift store, food pantry, and eviction prevention assistance. After photographing their Annual Arts Dinner and Auction fundraising event for the past two years, I had the privilege of joining the planning committee for this year's upcoming dinner (more details and to get your ticket, go here). And with that, I had the honor of visiting Saint Martin's for the first time earlier this year.
I have a difficult time coming up with adequate words to describe the impact that first visit to Saint Martin's had on me. I witnessed a small glimpse into how they are helping our neighbors in need and, with that little peek, I saw how they're truly changing lives in big, impactful ways. To say it inspired me is an understatement.
And as you know, inspiration can be quite contagious. After learning that food pantries are often low on food during the critical summer months when children are home from school; earlier this year, my little ones asked their birthday party guests for Cheerios and peanut butter in lieu of gifts. Afterwards, we delivered the food to Saint Martin's and helped fill the day's food boxes.
The day was a success in so many ways. We made a point of returning a few weeks later. We will be making visits on a regular basis.
If you want to learn more about Saint Martin's Ministries, stay tuned. I've been working on a project that I can't wait to share with you very soon!
In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the details about the 12th Annual Arts Dinner, Dance, and Auction to take place on Friday, October 13 in the Chesapeake Room at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Department.