Youth walk to help poor

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Thursday South Bend youth walked in support of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

It's called "The Walk for Eric's Promise," honoring Eric Henry, who on Ash Wednesday in 2002 made a promise to be more giving.

He was a senior at Marian High School in Mishawaka and died in a car accident the next day.

"Eric's Promise" began at his memorial mass when Marian High students presented hundreds of donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Today, students walked from St. Joseph Grade School to the St. Vincent De Paul Center carrying their personal bags of donations for the poor.

“They don't have toilet paper, they don't have soap and it's really going to make a difference,” said Anne Watson, Executive Director at St. Vincent De Paul. “It's going to make an impactful difference in the lives of children in our community.”

As Eric's mother says it's kids helping kids.

“He wouldn't believe it. It started just with his few bags and he wasn't here to continue. To do what he wanted to do,” said Mary Molnar, mother of the late Eric Henry. “The students and people in our community have carried out his promise, you know, long after he's been gone

And last year, because of the program, they collected over 40,000 pounds of clothing.

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