The Little Sisters are a Catholic religious order who work with the elderly poor (not just Catholics; they help all, regardless of religious affiliation). The sisters run a nursing home and hospice in Richmond for the elderly poor, those who have no one to take care of them and no money for traditional services. They run their organization almost entirely on charitable donations of money and goods.
You can sometimes run into the Little Sisters going door to door, actually begging or asking for donations. They still do it this way even in the 21st century as their founder, Saint Jeanne Jugan, did back in Paris in the 1800's.
This month we got their newsletter and noticed a call for donations...including plants! The Sisters are looking for plants to landscape the grounds. Here's the list of what's needed:
- Bleeding Hearts
- Elephant Ear bulbs
- Butterfly Bushes
- Pruning Shears
- Outdoor electrical cords
They also need monetary donations, so if you can spare a bit this month, it's always appreciated. All of the donations go to taking care of the elderly residents and their medical needs (none of the money goes to any other group or back to the Diocese from what I understand).
Looking out over my flower garden, I have about six large Butterfly Bush seedlings - volunteers from the sweetly scented purple one that seeded everywhere. And I mean everywhere! I've got Butterfly bushes popping up in the walkways and all over the yard. If I pot them up now and nurture them, I may just be able to donate them this spring. I'm so excited by this project! Not only can I find a home for those Butterfly bushes, but I can help the Sisters and the elderly in just one more way. My flowers can give joy to the elderly residents in their garden. I love it when I can combine support for Catholic organizations, doing good works AND gardening. Talk about a win-win-win!