The Interfaith Food Pantry, located at the Methodist Church in Pleasantville, collects food and money for needy families in our community. Food is collected throughout the month at Holy Innocents and is organized and stored at the Food Pantry. The volunteers also support any special drives the pantry may run and encourage food drives by schools, scouting and other community organizations.
September Pantry Needs:
Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Canned Beets, Canned Chicken, Hamburger Helper, Peanut Butter, Pancake Mix, Tea, Oatmeal, Mustard, Mayo
Parishioners donate gifts during Advent for the Highbridge Community Center and needy families whose names are provided by the pastoral associate. The religious education students also donate smaller gifts that are distributed to the Midnight Run Organization.
Higbridge Community Life Center:
A Back to School campaign for school supplies is organized yearly for this needy community in the Bronx. We also respond to emergency needs and special projects.
Knitting and Crocheting Group:
This group meets on the first Thursday of each month in the parish meeting room to knit and crotchet scarves, gloves, sweaters, baby items or whatever you want for those in need. All are welcome, from beginners to experts.
Maryknoll Residential Care:
Each month a group of parishioners visit with the elderly Sisters at Maryknoll. They bring a snack, sit and chat and at times provide some musical entertainment for the retired Sisters.
This organization coordinates “runs” with churches and other organizations providing clothing, food, toiletries, and conversation to the homeless men and women in NYC. Holy Innocents participates in Saturday evening runs throughout the year, and the Youth Group participates in Sunday morning breakfast runs. We also host midnight run quarterly meetings.
Re-Creation is a gathering of our senior members for a program of spiritual and social renewal. The program consists of a celebration of the Eucharist followed by lunch, prayers and program. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from Sept. through June (except for Jan. & Feb.)
A Warm Winter Welcome to a new Partner in Charity:
“Our mission is to strengthen northern Westchester neighborhoods by providing people safe and affordable places to live – the foundation of a stable life.”
“We serve low-income individuals with disabilities, and single-parent families who, because of age, disability or family status, cannot afford market-rate rents. Often people are homeless or living in sub-standard housing before coming to A-HOME. Once at A-HOME, residents pay an affordable portion of their income for rent and are helped by case managers to develop the skills, resources, and relationships needed to be more self sufficient and reclaim their lives.” – A-HOME Website
Father Hugh was impressed by this local, charitable NGO and so are we!
Please look them up if you have any household items (kitchen hardware, furniture, vacuums(!), etc) to donate and/or if you have any inclination of volunteering.