Immanuel Shelter is still open. Since Dec. 18, the organization has been providing refuge for the roofless homeless 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There are 46 guests at present and 16 of them are children.
Word has it that the Easter Bunny will arrive a little early to be sure the kids have their goodies Sunday, March 29.
The bunny is being sent by the men, women and friends of UNICO, Sussex Chapter of the national Italian-American service organization. This group of citizens has been working in America for 98 years now, bringing hospitality from the old country to those in the new by providing athletic scholarships for high schoolers, funding cancer research, supporting various mental health initiatives and more, while sharing Italian culture. Besides philanthropic activities, UNICO offers free Italian lessons, pasta challenges, films, trivia nights and of course, typical Italian dinners and a glass or two of native vino while serving others.
In Italy, feeding the needy begins March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, who fed and sheltered his wife Mary and his adopted son Jesus. Easter falls soon after, so between these special days is the opportune time for Italian-American citizens to help.
Basket pails with sweets, sundries, games and toys were prepared by the people of the local UNICO chapter.
For 11 years, Immanuel Shelter has housed men and women with their children and families in need in the Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach area, whether they need a few days or a few months to re-establish themselves in the community.
To donate to Immanuel Shelter, send checks payable to Immanuel Shelter Inc., PO Box 431, Nassau, DE 19969.