Caring for Carmelite children comes easy

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Caring for Carmelite children comes easyBy Times Staff
April 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

EAST CHICAGO | Franciscan Physicians Hospital has a tradition of helping the children who live at St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, and this Easter is no exception. But, what started as a hospital committee project turned into a project completely driven by Facebook groups wanting to help.

Office supervisor and Franciscan employee Brandy Egnatz is part of the Service Excellence Committee at Franciscan Physicians Hospital and helped formulate the idea for the Easter basket donation.

To make the most out of the project, she decided to write a post requesting donated Easter items in two different Facebook groups she belongs to. One post went to  a group of more than 3,000 northwest Indiana moms and the other was for the Town of Lowell.

Egnatz coordinated the project when she started getting an outpouring of responses from Facebook members who wanted to help in the mission.

“I told them what I was doing and I asked for donations. Then I bought the baskets and the next thing you know, I had everything to fill them!” Egnatz said. “I met the women to collect the donations and with the help of my mom, Vickie Loeber (also a Franciscan employee) and my babysitter, Kris Holsti, we filled the baskets.”

Delivery of moire than 65 baskets, each personalized with a child's name, took place March 14. Baskets contained stuffed animals, candy, toys and books, all age appropriate for specific child.

“I just wanted the children to have something to open on Easter," Egnatz said. "I have three kids and couldn’t imagine them not having a basket to wake up to. I just wanted to make them happy.”

For information on supporting the mission of the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, a refuge for neglected and abused children from birth to 18, visit or call (219) 397-1085.

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