For the SNDs, the “sandwich story” has had great historical significance as this graphic illustrates. The story is that Aldegonda Wolbring and Elisabeth Kuhling shared sandwiches with the orphan children in the village of Coesfeld, Germany. The “sandwich story” continues even in the midst of the fire tragedy plaguing the Thousand Oaks area. Sr. Rebekah Kennedy, Dean of Mission at La Reina High School & Middle School, provides this personal story:
“I had a faculty/staff Service Retreat planned for the faculty and staff of La Reina High School & Middle School on Friday morning. Sr. Marie Paul Grech and Sr. Antoinette Marie Moon had a presentation on service prepared, and then we would follow up with five on-site service projects that would benefit the local community. After the tragic shooting at Borderline on Wednesday night, I had hopes that we could pull it off, but plans changed early Friday morning. Shortly after midnight, I awakened to an alert on my phone about a fire erupting in the local vicinity. After briefly watching the news, I looked to the east. There I saw an intense orange glow on the hills near the 23 freeway. By about 4 a.m. the sky was still orange, but the flames on the hill had moved away from us. I was receiving messages that faculty and staff had evacuated and were continuing to evacuate. Thus my decision to cancel the Service Retreat was made for me, and I sent out an email to the entire faculty and staff with that information.
One of the service activities planned for the school staff was providing a sandwich lunch for the homeless who gather at United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks on Friday evenings. The bread, meat, fruit and vegetables and everything else that goes with a lunch had been purchased. Bless the sisters at Notre Dame Center and Dr. Michael Downey (an evacuee)! By 2:30 we had 50 lunches made, bagged, boxed and ready for delivery that evening. Sr. Betty Mae Bienlein and I drove the boxes to the church only to read a sign that notified the homeless there would be no dinner that night! We then took the lunches to the Goebel Senior Center (another evacuation site), but they had no more room. Another evacuation center was just opening at Thousand Oaks High School and they were most grateful for the donation.
We are deeply grateful to all of the SNDs around the world, as well as our relatives, Associates, colleagues and friends, for their prayerful support as we begin the healing after the tragic shooting on November 7 and the devastating fires.”