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Catholic Charities gears up for St. Patrick's Day Box Lunch sale

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(03/13/13) - Corned Beef and all the trimmings - Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties are gearing up for their annual St. Patrick's Day Box Lunch sale.

"It's been 10 years now and we love doing this for the city because the city loves this," said Jon Manse, of Catholic Charities.

The staff was hard at work early Wednesday morning, putting the finishing touches on more than 1,500 orders that have already come in.

"Over 520 pounds of corned beef, 320 loaves of rye bread, 320 pounds of coleslaw, so it takes a lot of food to put this together. It's all quality stuff and it tastes great," Manse said.

The target number this year is 2,500 lunches. They'll be available for pickup on Thursday between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside of St. Michael's church near downtown Flint.

"We sold out last year, so we're making 500 extra box lunches. We're going to even deliver them to businesses and agencies that want them, and we'll deliver them at no cost," Manse said.

To make this happen, a few more helping hands are needed.

"We are still looking for volunteers, both to do our deliveries in Genesee County, and also to man our drive-through tent," said Rachel Pobocik, of Catholic Charities.

Since 2003, Catholic Charities has raised more than $75,000 through this box lunch sale. This year, they're hoping to get lucky and hit a rather lofty goal.

"Last year we did over $13,000, and this year we're hoping for at least $15,000," Manse said.

All of that cash goes right back in to community outreach programs that Catholic Charities supports.

"Our soup kitchens, our community closet, our summer camp programs. It's all making a difference right here in Genesee County," Pobocik said.

Box lunches cost $6 dollars. If you'd like make an order, click HERE or just drop by St. Mike's and pick one up on Thursday.

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