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St. Mary's Church Looks to Connect with Community

The Scarborough church is hosting a blood drive tomorrow.

After a period of turnover in its leadership, in Scarborough has found its priest-in-charge in Rev. Sandra Seaborn.

Seaborn moved her family to the community and took on the lead role at the "family-sized church" last August, after spending two years serving a parish in India.

Now, "I live right next door and my kids go to the local schools," she shared.

Seaborn—who was a social worker before becoming an ordained priest in 2009—said she believes, "A community of faith is a community that reaches out to its neighborhood and its geographic community as well."

Therefore, she has been searching for ways for the Scarborough-Briarcliff Manor community and beyond to utilize the "wonderful space" the church offers on busy Albany Post Road (Route 9).

"We want to offer the space for community needs," she explained.

So, tomorrow, St. Mary's will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"One of the needs in the community on an ongoing basis is blood," said Seaborn.

The church also has ties in Ossining and has worked on events and sponsorships with the and the municipality's organic garden.

Additionally, "We have for many years hosted the Ossining Food Pantry," she added. "We are trying to find ways we can more greatly partner with them."

Through tomorrow's blood drive and continuous outreach efforts, Seaborn said, "We are trying to find ways we can be good civic members of our community."

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