Selfless effort for poor comforts family of deceased teen
Catholic Online

March 12, 2004

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- Before he died last year from injuries sustained in a car accident, Catholic high school senior Eric Henry replaced his usual Lenten sacrifice of giving up candy with doing something for the poor. On Ash Wednesday of 2002 he cleaned out his closets and drawers, filling four garbage bags with his belongings for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. But he was never able to deliver the items because just a day later he died. Despite her grief, Eric's mother, Mary Molnar, wanted to fulfill her son's promise to help the poor and she delivered the bags to the agency, along with his story. A year later Eric's effort has evolved into a community-wide Lenten program taken up by parishes, schools and others to help the poor by raising money and holding a food and clothing drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Appropriately, the effort is called Eric's Promise . "He said he wanted to be more giving," his mother recalled in an interview with Today's Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.


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