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Fredericksburg couple brings donations to Hurricane Michael victims

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Moved with compassion for those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Michael, Mary and Doran Sanger, parishioners of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, are bringing supplies and helping with the cleanup of St. Dominic Church in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 28. Doran will drive with his 15-year-old son Gabriel.

According to Sanger, St. Dominic’s sustained a lot of damage, including broken stained glass, water damage through the sanctuary, interior and exterior damage to the apartments, and the rectory has a damaged roof, collapsed ceiling and water damage.

The Sangers lived with their three children in Panama City for 16 years before moving to Fredericksburg two years ago. They still own a home there.

St. Dominic’s holds many memories for the Sangers — they were married there, their children received the sacraments there and Mary worked as a Life Teen coordinator with youth ministries.

“It is no surprise to me that after the hurricane St. Dominic’s pastor, Father Michael Nixon, and all the many workers and volunteers put their boot straps on and decided to make St. Dominic a disaster hub for the community of Panama City,” said Mary. “They are in the business (of offering) hope, love and charity and they are shining examples of God’s love.”

Mary said St. Dominic’s has 4,100 people coming through their parking lot seeking assistance every day.

“When you see something like this going on at a place you called home for so many years, it is only natural, I believe, to want to help,” she said. “It really is our second home.” 

Mary said baby formula and wipes, trash bags, and cleaning supplies, feminine and hygiene products, especially deodorant, are needed. They also are in need of canned goods with pop tops. “Of course, in order to rebuild they will definitely need monetary donations,” said Mary. 

Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg and St. Mary’s are inviting families and parish ministries to contribute to this collection.

“We are very lucky to be a part of such a generous and loving school and church community in Fredericksburg,” said Mary. “My husband has requested donations through his work.”

Doran’s boss at Harley Davidson is donating a 4x4 truck to help transport the supplies. 

Find out more

To donate money, go to bit.ly/hurricane1018.



© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018