Food Closet Distributes 160+ Holiday Food Baskets
Each holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter) Good Samaritan’s Food Closet Ministry provides the ingredients for holiday meals to about 150 families. These meals include a major item such as a ham, turkey, or chicken, as well as pies, potatoes, flour and sugar, rolls and butter, and many other items appropriate for the season. These special distributions are in addition to the four-times-a-month food distribution mornings and evenings.
Saturday, December 16, volunteers provided Christmas dinners for about 160 families. (Because of bad weather, a few families picked up meals during the week of December 18.) The Closet provided 158 families with meals at Thanksgiving. In addition to the many regular Food Closet volunteers, various community groups volunteer to lend their assistance. At Thanksgiving, girls from Villa Maria Academy hand decorated bags with Thanksgiving greetings and filled with snacks that were given out with the meals. Volunteers from the Upper Mainline Rotary assisted with that distribution. At Christmas, various Sunday school youth sang Christmas carols and brought cookies. A Daisy Scout Troup made Christmas cards and also put together trays of cookie treats.
Charlene Fitzwater from the Food Closet Team submitted a full report on recent activities, and included three poems from Ron Miros who reflected on the blessings of the holidays. That full report is here.
- We give thanks for our Food Closet Ministry that, each week, provides food for needy families in our area. We especially give thanks that last week they were able to provide Christmas meal baskets to over 160 families.
- We are thankful to the many regular Food Closet volunteers who weekly collect, organize, and distribute food; we also give thanks for the many volunteers from other organizations who assist and while doing so, participate in the witness of Good Samaritan to the community.
- Finally, we pray that our Christmas dinners may provide nourishment to the many needy families and that our food might serve as a taste of the goodness that Christ can bring.