Don's Helping Hands

Our Helping Hands Ministry serves a bagged lunch to those less fortunate in our community.  We serve weekdays out of the rectory's Red Door Room from 9:30-10:30 am and we rely on the help of volunteers to provide supplies, make sandwiches, assemble the lunches and serve them.  
Who was Don, you ask?  Watch this video:
Would you like to help with this ministry?
 

Can you make 40-50 sandwiches and drop them off at the rectory? 

Sandwich making from volunteers at home was so helpful and such a huge success that Fr. Francis would like to continue with home sandwich making even after the stay-at-home order has been lifted. He feels this will be a great way for individuals and families that can't physically volunteer their time at the rectory but still want to volunteer in some way with the Helping Hands ministry.  
We serve about 50 people a day.  Sandwiches are 2 slices of white or soft wheat bread, 1 slice of lunchmeat (usu. turkey) and 1 slice of cheese (usu American) in a ziploc bag. (We trust you will take safety precautions as you make the sandwiches at home.)

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Volunteer to help serve weekdays from 9:15a-10:30a 

We need two volunteers each day to hand out lunches and make sandwiches.  Children under the age of 18 must have an adult present with them.

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Donate Supplies

Individually packaged snacks (cookies, chips, etc), bottled water, trial sized toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, etc) and men's white t-shirts and socks are always appreciated.  In the colder months, our guests also appreciate new or gently used gloves and hats.  Please...no other clothing or items are accepted. 
 

Donate Financially

These funds will go directly to our Helping Hands ministry to which Don contributed so much of his time.  Our shoppers will use this to purchase whatever is needed most.

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Help us to purchase needed items and deliver them to the rectory

We could use help purchasing and picking up some supplies on occasion.  Contact our Don's Helping Hands coordinator for details!  Keep in mind that we are entitled to tax exemption when making any purchases.  Please don't forget to present our Tax Exemption Certificate (available from the Parish Office) at the point of purchase.  Once you have delivered purchased items to the rectory, don't forget to turn in your receipt along with a Reimbursement Request Form.

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Sign up to donate an item during Family Mass

Please consider donating any of the following items for our Helping Hands Ministry during our Family Mass weekends:
    • Loaves of soft white or soft wheat bread
    • Packages of turkey lunchmeat
    • Packages of American cheese slices
    • Single-serving sized bags of chips
    • Sandwich-sized Ziploc bags
    • Brown paper lunch bags
    • Bottled water
    • Maruchan instant Ramen soup cups (the ones in the styrofoam cups - not the packages without a cup)
    • Men's new white t-shirts
    • Men's new white socks
At the end of mass, the priest will ask you to bring your donations up to the red bins on the altar. If the priest forgets, please put your donation in one of the bins after mass.
 
Thank you for your service and generous donations to our Helping Hands Ministry!
 
 
For more information on our Helping Hands Ministry, please contact Coordinator Michelle Knight at michelle@stjosaphatparish.org. She works M-Th in the Parish Office from 4:30 - 8:30 pm (773-327-8955).