November 25 - Food Donations for SSJ School Families

As we continue with our "SSJ School Families" program, your children also continue to astound us with their warm, enthusiastic and open participation in the many service projects that are presented. As Catholics, we are called to take care of each other. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to not only remember the many blessings we have been graced with, but to share some of those blessings with others. Often, many of the blessings we receive originate right in our local neighborhoods. Our homes, families, friends, parish members, happy memories of fun events and activities - these are all usually participated in or enjoyed right in our community. One of the ways we can express our gratitude for everything we have been given is to give back to the communities in which we live.

The next activity with our SSJ School Families is our annual Thanksgiving Christian service project which we have entitled "Families Feeding Families." Each year, the faculty, staff and students of SSJ have helped St. Vincent de Paul fill their pantry by donating non-perishable food items so that less fortunate families will have the opportunity of enjoying a nice Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. As always, we do our best to provide the "extras," while the members of St. Vincent de Paul provide the fresh turkeys or ham, package the dinner items and personally deliver them to the families. This year, we are asking our students and their families to kindly donate any of the following:

  • beef stew
  • chili with beans
  • corn
  • green beans
  • pancake mix
  • peanut butter
  • oatmeal
  • macaroni & cheese
  • applesauce
  • fruit cocktail
  • jello
  • canned pasta
  • stuffing mix
  • cereal
  • jelly
  • canned tuna/meats

These items should be brought to school on Tuesday morning, November 25th. Focusing on our theme of "Actions With a Spirit of Joy," the students will gather with their School Families to assemble all of their food items, decorate their donation boxes, pray for the families in need, and then enjoy a simple treat. We thank you in advance for whatever food donations you can contribute, and for your continued support of the "SSJ School Families" program.

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