Pity the person that thinks a pickle is but a mere pickle.
September 15, 2011
“We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
So said Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, using a familiar sport's euphemism, about other teams — (not the vaunted Buckeyes) — who play weak opponents in football.
Clearly, he didn't know how tough those "weak sisters" really were.
The order of The Little Sisters of the Poor, whose main branch is in Oregon, was founded in France in 1839 and helps the elderly poor.
As quoted in a story in the New York Times, Gee, who didn't realize it was a religious order, said, “It was a dumb statement, it really was.”
So Gee wanted to do something about his gaffe.
He wrote a $1,000 donation check to Sister Cecilia Sartorius, the mother superior in the Toledo chapter, to apologize and has since given more.
Last August, Gee visited the "Little Sisters" along with about 20 Ohio State students, graduates, as well as Brutus, the Buckeye mascot.
Brutus was a huge hit.
The sisters are so reliant on donations that they go out soliciting, and it isn't always easy, according to Sister Cecilia:
“We go down the line and ask different companies if we could have a couple sacks of potatoes and oranges,” she said. “They usually give us whatever we ask for. It’s not stuff that’s spoiled, it’s stuff that they could sell.”
Bill Cook, the Little Sisters’ director of development, said it was difficult to quantify how much Gee had helped them.
A big University and "The Little Sisters."