This advent we will again collect gifts to be distributed to various agencies serving the poor. Gifts will be collected in the manger at the foot of the altar the weekend of December 15th & 16th. See specific agencies & their needs below:
A Friendly Place Manor:
a drop-in center for homeless women run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Christmas gifts for women (e.g. scarves, gloves, hats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, or giftsets of soap/perfume)
An international pregnancy service that supports pregnant girls and women who need help providing positive alternatives to abortion.
monetary donations, printer paper, file folders, new and used clothing for children up to two years of age
Mercy Brown Bag:
this program provides bags of nutritious groceries to more than 3,000 needy seniors twice monthly, free of charge. This program helps seniors make ends meet, retain their health, and stay in their own homes.
cash donations, large sized paper or plastic bags, Ziploc bags, volunteers to take bags to homebound seniors, small gifts for volunteer appreciation.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
Champion Guidance for Men:
Drop in center for men offering showers, haircuts, laundry facilities, clothing, health care, mailbox service, Internet access, substance abuse meetings and classes.
cash donations, volunteers, disposable shaving razors, small bars of soap, shampoo, mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, socks, t-shirts and underwear, hair clippers, sleeping bags, phone cards, and gift cards.
Oakland Elizabeth House:
Elizabeth house is a transitional program for women and women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, or poverty. Its’ mission is to support women and children in their transition to independence.
Cash donations for emergency expenses of the families e.g. medical, transportation, food, child care, office supplies, printer paper, postage stamps, spiral notebooks, 2013 Day-Timer calendars, Gift Cards
: Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart, Ross, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s; Food Items
(sealed with a current expiration date) e.g. chicken/beef broth, olive oil, canola or vegetable oil, sugar, flour, rice, tomato paste, tomato scauce, pasta; General cleaning items
; dishwashing detergent, scouring pads, sponges, rubber gloves, buckets; House Hold Items;
food storage containers, brooms, large pots with lids, large non-stick frying pans; Children and Family Programs;
passes/tickets to the movies, museums, theater performances or events.
Oakland Catholic Worker:
A hospitality house for Latin American immigrants and refugees which has as its mission; “living simply and communally in a community of multicultural volunteers and guests; helping those most in need; supporting and extended community in keeping itself organized and healthy; changing the unjust structures of society.”
Food donations, especially canned food, rice, beans, and cash donations