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Back To School Drive

Held annually in late August, the Back to School Drive accepts donations of school supplies, backpacks, and various school-related items needed. All donations are forwarded to less fortunate children in the Philadelphia school system. Volunteers are needed during the weekend to collect and sort donations in Pedata Hall.

 


Blanket Drive

An annual collection held in January each year, the Blanket Drive accepts new and gently used blankets as well as cash donations, all of which are given to St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. St. John’s provides emergency assistance to men in the local area, and more information can be found at www.stjohnshospice.org. Volunteers are needed to gather collections after Masses on that weekend. Volunteers are also needed to help transport all donations to St. John’s.

Chris Clancy
856-988-8789
blanketdrive@stjoans.org


Undie Sunday

An annual underwear drive, with all donations going to Catholic Charities of Burlington County. All underwear must be store packaged. All sizes toddlers to adults. Teen volunteers are needed to take donations from the church foyer to the rectory garage. Service hours will be given. Please call in advance if interested.

Sharon Binder
856-809-1793
undiesunday@stjoans.org


Family To Family

The Family To Family Christmas project gives needed assistance to families that are unable to provide for themselves during the Christmas season. Complete confidentiality is observed to maintain the dignity and privacy of the recipients. Although called “Family to Family”, contributors may be individuals, families or any school, parish, employer, or other civic group. Contributors are matched to recipients based on ability to help, and no one will be asked to help beyond their means. Recipient-requested items often include holiday gifts, food certificates, store gift certificates and/or monetary donations for rent or utilities.

Michele Donahue
856-983-5560
family2family@stjoans.org


St NickSt. Nicholas Toy Drive

Inspired by the generous spirit of St. Nicholas, St. Joan of Arc parishioners have donated Christmas gifts to children in the region through Mt. Carmel Guild in Trenton for many years.  Parishioners (a. k. a. disciples!) are invited to donate new and unwrapped gifts for children from infancy through teens, who would not otherwise receive presents due to their families’ social and economic circumstances. Toys are requested for children up to the age of 14.  For gift suggestions for older teens, please visit Mt. Carmel Guild’s website at http://mtcarmelguild.org/christmas/#.

The figure of St. Nicholas is placed on the side of the altar during the drive.  Parishioners may take a small reminder of their good intention to participate from the basket near St. Nicholas. Donated toys and gifts may be left there as well or they may be dropped off at one of the entrances to the church.  Anyone moved by the Holy Spirit and a few extra minutes is encouraged to help transfer the gifts to a storage area in Pedata Hall after weekend masses in December.  The donations are transported to the Mount Carmel Guild at the end of the drive. The children who will enjoy their gifts from the drive allow us to express our love for them in Christ as a community of disciples.  Look for details about the St. Nicholas Toy Drive in the parish bulletin and on the website after Thanksgiving Day.
Sheila O’Neill Hannon
stnicktoydrive@stjoans.org
856-985-8744