Published October 15, 2009
Demolition started on Sept. 13 and included 12 apartments and two houses, which were being cleared to make room for green space and a grotto for the Cathedral.
A team of 45 volunteers arrived the weekend before the demolition, and with a truck and donated warehouse space and some willing hands, the group was able to get two full truckloads of goods and more: tons of miscellaneous items, eight refrigerators, three new water heaters, 30 doors, 10 toilets, 12 sections of wrought iron railing, an elevator, and—of course—the proverbial kitchen sinks (eight). The value of the salvage was estimated at around $30,000.
In addition to advice and encouragement from Father McNamee, Msgr. Ramkissoon and CTK’s Father Neil Dhabliwala, others sent prayers from home, while organizers Joe and Cecelia DeSanctis and Rich and Janice Givens led the work with the volunteers from the St. Peter Chanel Parish Mustard Seed group, the Cathedral’s Mustard Seed group, Cathedral parishioners, and Mustard Seed missionaries and supporters..
The donations are in the process of being inventoried and valued, after which Food for the Poor will provide a container for the goods to be shipped to Jamaica.
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