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Charity receives anonymous donation as result of CentiMark food drive

The Good Samaritan Program received a $15,000 donation from an anonymous donor as a result of Canonsburg, Pa.-based CentiMark's annual food drive, which was held July 6-12 during NRCA's National Roofing Week, according to icatholic.org.

The Good Samaritan Program, which is an outreach of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, provides a sack lunch to any person who comes to the door. The anonymous donor became aware of NRCA member CentiMark's national food drive through its Salt Lake office, which was collecting food in part to promote National Roofing Week.

Lisa Deon, CentiMark's Salt Lake office manager, said her office had collected food donations and also had delivered men's socks, which the Good Samaritan Program has needed since May. Along with the food and socks, CentiMark also donated an additional $500 to the Good Samaritan Program. After Deon informed the corporate office of the need for socks, she was told the corporate office also was going to donate an additional $200 gift card to buy more socks.

Then, an anonymous donor came forward who wanted to do more. Deon says Father Martin Diaz, Cathedral of the Madeleine pastor; Patricia Wesson, Cathedral of the Madeleine director of development; and Darren Williams, Good Samaritan Program manager, determined the Good Samaritan Program needed some equipment to help run more efficiently, so the donor gave $15,000 to fulfill the program's wish list.

"It was a very generous gift," Williams says. "We are in need of an automatic dishwasher and an ice machine. We are also in need of more socks because they are a necessity for both men and women year-round but especially when it is cold and wet. We have people ask for them continuously every day regardless of the time of year."


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