Monday, November 12, 2012

Your Do-Gooder's Guide to Thanksgiving 2012 at Catholic Charities

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Volunteers prep food at our women's housing program
O God, when I have food, help me remember the hungry."
Samuel F. Pugh

Every year it's amazing when phone calls and emails start rolling in from do-gooders across the DC metropolitan region. Their question is simple: "How can I help?" And with Catholic Charities' 63 programs in 48 locations, there is always a need for volunteers. 

Fr. John shares a meal with clients from our Refugee Cente
Here are a few ways you can help families and individuals in need this Thanksgiving - volunteering, delivering, shopping, and more. Can we count on you?

Food Needed! 
  • Catholic Charities' Mt. Carmel House for homeless women needs donations of turkeys, dressing, and desserts to help provide a traditional meal for its 15 residents.
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  • Catholic Charities' Montgomery County Family Center is helping provide Thanksgiving food packages to local families, so they can prepare and enjoy their own meal. Pick up these items when you do your holiday grocery order to make a basket: frozen turkey, boxes of mashed potatoes and stuffing, and cans of sweet potatoes, green beans, corn and fruit. 
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  • Let us do the shopping for you! Purchase a discounted Thanksgiving Package through our SHARE Food Network (only $28) and donate it to our Montgomery County Family Center or to SHARE for distribution.
    • Order by phone: (301) 864-3115
    • Make an online donation to SHARE here
Start Your Engines!
  • We need drivers on November 20 to help pick up food packages at several sites in Rockville and Washington, DC before they are distributed to families in Montgomery County. 
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The Gift of Time
  • 200+ families will be picking up food packages at Catholic Charities' Montgomery County Family Center on November 20. We need volunteers to help unload packages, distribute to families, and clean up between 3 and 8 pm. Great idea for a small group or family!
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Food service at Catholic Charities' location on Lawrence St.
In a season when we all count our blessings, we also remember the families who count on us to help them through a difficult time in their lives, whether they're recently unemployed, grappling with a mental illness, or new refugees who fled a dangerous situation in their homelands. We're so grateful that, with your extra hands, we're able to help these men, women and children experience the warmth and joy of a Thanksgiving meal, in addition to the many services we provide them throughout the year. 

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We understand Thanksgiving is a busy time for everyone. If you can't help us around the holidays, we have ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the year. You can also make a gift to support our work.

Stay tuned - plenty of Christmas opportunities to share your time and talent will be coming soon on The Open Door!