Thursday, December 10, 2009

St. Louis Residents Volunteer at Christmas Fundraiser

2On Saturday, the Pujols Family Foundation hosted its annual O Night Divine Christmas Celebration to raise funds and awareness for their organization that benefits children with Down syndrome, disabilities, and life threatening illnesses. Albert Pujols, star first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his wife Deidre are amazing friends and supporters of Mercy Ministries and love to ask our residents to help at many of the foundation’s special events.

This year, the Mercy girls helped facilitate the silent auction at the Christmas Celebration by answering questions about the items and also by helping the auctioneer identify bidders and close out each item. Some of the auction items were so valuable that police officers were on duty at the event. Our residents and staff were so excited to have this opportunity to meet several big name sports heroes including Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Bruce Sutter, Darryl Strawberry, Roberto Clemente and Meadowlark Lemon!

Here is what some of the girls had to say about their volunteer experience at the Pujols’ Christmas dinner and silent auction:

Katie said, “It is such an honor every time I go to a Pujols’ event. I admire and support everything Albert and Deidre stand for and really appreciate them inviting us to be a part of the vision.”

Amy said, “I love the passion behind this organization. This event really touched my heart, and I’m thankful that we get to give back and show our love for others in such a tangible way.”

Hope said, “This event was amazing. I really enjoyed learning about his foundation and getting to meet people in the community who support this cause.”

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To learn more about the Pujols Family Foundation visit their website at

Check out these pictures from this special Christmas event!