This weekend, we begin our annual “Thanksgiving Brown Bag Reachout.” In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you are invited to “Reachout with Gifts of Love.” Every person or family is invited to take a “brown bag” or two as distributed around our churches. Attached to each bag is a “color coded needs list” for a particular place identified. Buy as many items on the list as you wish. Each bag has identified multiple items so as to give those with limited means the opportunity to participate and only purchase one or two items. Put the items in the bag and bring to church anytime up to and including Thanksgiving Day. Put the bags in front of the church. You may take more than one bag. This project is a great educational tool to teach your children to help others, especially those most needy and how to truly live the Gospel message with actions and not just words.
We try to reach out to the places with the greatest need, especially those whom society often ignores and tosses aside as unlovable. This year, we have seven places to help:
- Resource Mothers: provides resource, education and follows pregnant mothers from conception to birth, teaching life skills in the Duquesne, West Mifflin, Tri-Boro area.
- Jubilee Soup Kitchen: Sister Liguori Rossner operates this food kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless.
- Angels Place: provides daycare for low income student moms, so they can be educated and productive parents. Intersection: under the direction of 2 nuns, this facility ministers to the poor and homeless and provides weekly meals.
- Michaels Place: The St. Vincent De Paul Society provides transitional living and assistance for motivated men who want to lead a clean, sober and responsible life after prison. Healthy Start House: gives women and children the chance to start a healthy life. Gateway Braddock: provides services to those coming from prison to transition to a work and home environment.