The Death of Rafael–first fruits of labor

Last Monday, July 2, I had the priviledge and great joy of donating to the Father Serra Pantry in San Juan Capistrano my first royalty check from the sales of The Death of Rafael. The Pantry provides vital foodstuffs and supplies for needy familes in San Juan Capistrano and surrounding areas. On any given day, 100 to 150 people are being served by the volunteers at the pantry on Camino Real, outside of the Mission Basilica.  The local markets provide the bulk of fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and fish. However, the markets provide mostly perishables and the pantry is always in need for cash donations so that it can purchase cooking oil, sugar, flour and other such staples. 

The mornings at the pantry start with volunteers preparing the food packages to be handed out–big bags with fruits, eggs, vegetables, etc. Also, if the people coming in for food stuffs have special needs–baby formula, some special food–the pantry can provide it. After the packages are prepared, the volunteers meet briefly before opening to exchange quick information and updates and then offer short prayers. The volunteers are from all walks of life, some members of the parish, other just wanting to give back to the community.

Here it is a bad photo (yeah, I took it, my apologies to the ladies) of some of the volunteers (there were about 20 on the day I was there)

San Juan Capistrano