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.
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.
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.
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.
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/#.