For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Mt 25:35
Our Parish welcomes donations of food, basic household necessities, personal care items, and clothing for distribution to needy families in our area. Donations can be brought to our four churches or given directly to the local projects. For clothing donations, the distribution programs ask that items be in good condition, only lightly used. For household needs, the pantries welcome paper products and cleaning/laundry aids.
Community programs which receive our donations include the following:
|Cumberland Food Pantry||290 Tuttle Road|
|Falmouth Food Pantry||271 Falmouth Road|
|Freeport Community Service||Food pantry and thrift store at 53 Depot Street|
|Gray Community Food Pantry||First Congregational Church Parish House|
|Yarmouth Community Food Pantry||First Parish Congregational Church, Main Street|
|Catholic Charities Threads of Hope Store||Portland|
|Good Cause Thrift Store||16 Forest Avenue, Portland|
|St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen||Cathedral, Portland|
More information is available from the Parish Office. Better yet, contact the liaison person at your church, listed at the right.
Our Parish is preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday with a special appeal for food. The effort will begin the weekend of November 5-6. Please help in whatever way you can -- food donations, holiday table decor, cash contributions, volunteer time. More information is available at each church and at the Parish office (847-6890)
Holy Martyrs Church
Food baskets will be prepared from donations offered by parishioners. Lists of food needs will be available on the holiday table in the narthex, beginning November 5. Cash contributions will be used for buying additional fresh produce. Volunteer help will be welcomed.
Danielle Tracy and George Spino are coordinating this effort. Contact Danielle for details: email@example.com, 232-5113.
St. Gregory Church
It has been a tradition to collect food for holiday baskets to share with those among us in need. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Your generosity and compassion are always a blessing.
A suggested list of food items and bags will be distributed at Masses the weekend of November 5/6.
Food donations will be collected the weekend of November 19/20.
Amy Bouchard is coordinating this year. Reach her at 240-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Jude Church
Will offer a “brown bag” hand-out next weekend with the list of food needed by the Freeport Community Services for Thanksgiving baskets. Donations should be returned on November 13 to the church or to the pantry on Depot Street. Your donations will spread holiday cheer to families in Freeport, Pownal and Durham.
Pat Palmer and Chris Lehay are coordinating the project. Contact Pat at palmer.patricia24gmail.com, 865-3050.
Sacred Heart Church
will appeal for food donations and cash contributions. With your help, the church will offer bags of groceries to families in Yarmouth and other areas. Gift certificates will be included for buying fresh food. Food donations will also be offered to the Yarmouth Community Food Pantr, which will again prepare holiday baskets. Contributions should be returned next weekend, November 12-13. For additional information, contact Cathy Martin at email@example.com, telephone - 781-7011.
Special Note - this year, local pantries have alerted the parish about a very real need to provide turkeys to “complete” the Thanksgiving meal. Frozen turkeys can be given directly to the pantries or a cash donation can be made in order to buy this item for the holiday basket.