From a Flicker to a Flame

From a Flicker to a Flame

Sometimes (actually, a lot of times), it’s nice to be reminded of the many good people out there doing many good deeds for those in need. While visiting my childhood parish, St. Luke’s in Beavercreek, Ohio, a few weekends ago, I got to see firsthand God’s work in action.

Dee Adinaro is a shining example of someone putting her God-given talents to good use. An experienced seamstress and chairman of St. Luke’s Social Action group, she developed the Created for Giving mission, through which she and a group of volunteers create handmade clothing and goods to sell to help those in need. From blankets and baby items to purses, aprons, and tablecloths—you name it, they create it.

Dee Adinaro, founder of Created for Giving

Gathering in a converted bedroom in Dee’s home, the group cuts, sews, and irons each piece. Dee’s fingers rarely stop, especially this past winter, when the group orchestrated the sewing of more than 200 dresses and other clothing items to send to children in Haiti and Africa. More recently, they’ve sent 40 dresses to Ethiopia with a parishioner who was traveling there, and have an additional 50 dresses earmarked for Haiti.

The good deeds don’t end there. In just one-and-a-half years, the mission has sponsored a nursing student in Kenya, helped pay for medications for residents at a hospitality home, as well as donated money to local charity organizations around the city.

As one Created for Giving volunteer so aptly put it, Dee’s flicker of an idea has quickly turned from flame to fire. The Holy Spirit is truly at work.

This is just one example of what one person listening to her calling can achieve. Do you have similar stories to share? You never know—it could be just the spark needed to get the fire burning in someone else.


For more information on the Created for Giving mission, e-mail

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About the Author

Rachel Zawila is an assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. With previous journalism experience in the spa and wine industries, she is skilled in the art of relaxation. An avid traveler, she enjoys meeting new people around the globe, hoping one day to find someone who can pronounce her last name correctly on the first try.