Ralph Della Rocca received the Sister Mary Coons Award on Saturday, May 7 at the Food Pantries of the Capital Region’s Annual Auction held in our parish hall. He was honored for his 16+ years of dedicated volunteer service to our food pantry. Not only does Ralph help out in our food pantry every month, but he also transports all the food and boxes collected at our parish to the food pantry, takes inventory, stacks items from truck deliveries and food drives and packs items into boxes for our food pantry patrons. He and his wife, Jo-Ann also coordinate the collection of school supplies and the winter clothing drive for the less fortunate in our neighborhood. Ralph is a fixture at Christ Our Light, helping with all the social events and also brings the parish office bulk mailings to the post office. He also finds time to serve as president of Silver Streakers, a senior social group from the Towers of Colonie.

Every parish, including ours, has “unsung heroes,” volunteers who go above and beyond their expected duties and make their neighborhoods and communities a better place to live. Thank you, Carol Ann and Ralph for your service!