SISTERS OF ST. DOMINIC AND UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO SUPPORT AFGHAN CHILD REFUGEES
In September the Sisters of St. Dominic and the University took up a collection of educational and recreational items for child refugees from Afghanistan who were living at Fort Dix at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The team worked with John Westervelt, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Newark, to determine the needs. Sister Lena Picillo, O.P., put out the word to the Sisters. Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry, and Meghan Moran, former director of alumni affairs and engagement, collected the donations from the University community. “It was such an outpouring of generosity to the children and families of Afghanistan,” said Sister Lena, so much so that the team had to rent a U-haul, which was filled to the brim. Moran drove the truck to Catholic Charities in Trenton for the items to be donated to the families at Fort Dix.