Some of us may know what it feels like to need. For instance, we may need someone to listen to us after experiencing a bad day at work, or we may need just a hug to lift our spirits. Sometimes we may need peace and quiet, unplug from the world so to speak. Other times we may need our family and friends to pray for us for whatever reason and then there are times that we can't control what happens in our lives, a job loss, divorce may be an illness and we may need food, clothing, and even shelter. Saint Mother Teresa said, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
If you are moved to help those less fortunate, please consider donating food to the Open Cupboard Food Pantry, especially during this pandemic we are experiencing. If you do not wish to drop the food off at the Food Pantry, please put it in the Church vestibule, Monday through Thursday, during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. You can also look at their website here: http://opencupboardfoodpantry.org/index.html. Take a look at, "Current Needs" to see what food items they are currently low on. Maybe you'd like to donate your time, you can check out their hours of operation or maybe you'd like to just make a monetary donation so this non-profit organization can continue to be a success.
Every third weekend of the month at St. Joseph Church, the Knights of Columbus, Council #10627, collects Food For Families and all proceeds go to the Open Cupboard Food Pantry. Did you know the Knights will also donate $100 for every 500 lbs. of food collected from our Church? That is amazing. You can drop off your donations at any time during Parish Office Hours, you do not have to wait until the 3rd weekend of the month.
The Food Pantry is in need of: pea soup and lentil soup, black tea, plain oatmeal, sugar, canned spinach, canned peaches, pears and oranges, chunky peanut butter, unsweetened cereal, apple juice, juice boxes, granola bars, fruit snacks, hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, paper towels, and feminine products. Thank you.
Want to give back to your community? Do you need service hours for Confirmation? Need something to do on a Saturday morning? How about volunteering your time to the Open Cupboard Food Pantry Thrift Shop? They are seeking volunteers, 18 & older, on Tuesday & Fridays from 4:30 -7 pm and 17 & older on Saturdays from 10 am to 1:30 pm. If you are interested PLEASE call Anne or Elaine at 908 -730 -7320 ext.3.
We can't go through life without helping others and this would be a super way to do that!