An Oregon man is set to run around the clock for the benefit of ministry at Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland.

Patrick Quinn, a member of the Jesuit High class of 2016 who graduated from the University of Notre Dame, will run for 24 hours on his 23rd birthday, Jan. 30. The foot feat is raising funds for Blanchet House, which has continued to serve 800 free meals per day during the pandemic.

Blanchet House also began offering hand-crank rechargeable lanterns after learning that a person living in a tent died when a candle started a fire.

That’s the kind of innovation that has attracted Quinn and his father Jerry, a member of S. Pius X Parish in Beaverton, to continue serving at Blanchet House, where Patrick started helping as a Jesuit student in 2013. Jerry is now director of the ministry’s board of directors.

“Throughout the pandemic, my dad and I have had the great gift of serving breakfast and volunteering with the guests of this incredible organization,” said Patrick. “Offering food, shelter, and aid to the homeless population . . . Blanchet House is a force for good.”

Quinn hopes to raise $2,300 for the ministry.

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