Celebration of Don Bosco in the Salesian Volunteer Program

The Salesian Volunteer Program recently celebrated the life and legacy of Saint John Bosco with two meaningful events. On Sunday morning, January 28th, a group of young volunteers gathered to prepare and deliver food packages to the homeless community in Skid Row. The volunteers spent over two hours making around 400 sandwiches and assembling packages with granola bars, sandwiches, and water bottles.

Despite the forecast of rain, the volunteers were determined to deliver the food to those in need. They were able to quickly distribute the packages to the homeless, who were grateful for the unexpected meal. Many people even asked for takeaway bags so they could eat later. This act of kindness and compassion was a testament to the spirit of Saint John Bosco, who dedicated his life to helping the marginalized and vulnerable.

The second event was the celebration of Benedikt, a young man who had just graduated from St. John Bosco High School. Benedikt had shown a strong desire to serve others and had already been a volunteer at the Salesian Family Youth Center and the monthly Homeless Outreach. He decided to become a Salesian Missionary Volunteer for three months and will be helping in the Salesian community of Tijuana.

Benedikt will be assisting in the “Desayunador Padre Chava”, where he will help serve hot breakfast to over 800 homeless people every day. He will also be helping in the Salesian oratories, where young people can gather to engage in recreational and educational activities. Benedikt’s decision to become a volunteer is a testament to his character and his commitment to making a positive impact in the world.

In conclusion, the Salesian Missionary Volunteer Program celebrated Saint John Bosco with two meaningful events that showcased the spirit of service and compassion. The food delivery and Benedikt’s volunteer journey both exemplified the mission of Saint John Bosco, who dedicated his life to helping the marginalized and vulnerable. These events inspire us to continue to follow in his footsteps and make a positive difference in our communities.

We thank the Restless Heart Foundation for the food donations and Fr Paul for the donations and always giving us the opportunity to organize the Homeless Outreach at the Saint Joseph Salesian Retreat House.