Parishes help out at Thanksgiving
St. Anne, Mother of Mary
3352 Main St., Mexico
The food pantry is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The pantry serves as the ecumenical food pantry for the Mexico School District. People can drop off food and/or donations at the church rectory. Thanksgiving baskets are provided for those who sign up through the pantry.
For more information, call (315) 963-7182.
St. Joseph’s Church
5748 Stokes Lee Center Rd., Lee Center
Donations are gladly accepted and items can be brought to the rectory located at the Parish Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
St. Joseph’s Church
5600 W. Genesee St., Camillus
Thanksgiving baskets are an integral part of the social outreach ministry of the church.
The parish currently provides approximately 175 baskets to local households. Rather than storing frozen or refrigerated turkeys, those organizing the Thanksgiving basket program ask for donations of gift cards instead.
The Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend (Advent I) will find 1,600 paper angels on trees in the sanctuary reflecting gifts needed for area children and senior citizens.
Christ Our Light Church
23 Niagara St., Pulaski
The parish provides help to those in need through their Emergency Food Pantry throughout the year. Because many other organizations are able to provide extra food during the holidays, the parish offers a Fuel-Aid collection. The proceeds provide small grants to households that have fallen into arrears in paying their utility bills. While the amount may not pay the entire bill, it will provide financial aid which the parish pays directly to the utility companies concerned.
St. Ambrose Church
203 Washington Ave., Endicott
The parish’s Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Nov. 20. While the deadline to donate food will have passed at time of printing, the food pantry will have to be restocked to continue to help families in need. Donations can be brought to Mother Teresa’s Cupboard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows
157 Clark St., Vestal
The parish’s youth group prepared grocery bags printed with lists of needed food items for the Thanksgiving baskets. Parishioners took the empty bags and brought them back filled on Sunday, Nov. 15. Volunteers will prepare 150 baskets and they will be distributed on Nov. 20. Those who come for baskets will also have the opportunity to leave their children’s names so that they can receive gifts from the parish at Christmas. Each family will also receive a $15 gift card from Weis Market and food for a holiday dinner.
Holy Family Church
127 Chapel Dr., Fairmount
Parishioners brought in donated items on Nov. 13 and 14. Food baskets for 120 families will be packed on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the church hall. Families will pick the baskets up the following day. The CYO basketball team will carry the bags to the families’ cars. A group of West Genessee High School alumni will conduct a “fill a bus” food drive on Nov. 20 as well, driving into the community to collect food which they will deliver to the food pantry later that day. Volunteers are needed for this project. Donations are needed throughout the year, and the Thanksgiving Day Mass marks the beginning of the food collection for Christmas. For more information, call (315) 488-3139.
Most Holy Rosary
111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse
The food pantry is open the second and third Thursdays of each month for those in need in the community. Unfortunately, the number of families who come to rely on the food pantry continues to grow. Each family is provided with non-perishable items because the food pantry does not have the facilities to maintain fresh or frozen foods. Donations of money are used at the CNY Food Bank, where food can be purchased for $.14 a pound, so even a small donation goes a long way. Checks can be made payable to the Most Holy Rosary Food Pantry and sent to the address listed above.
St. Augustine’s Church
7333 O’Brien Rd., Baldwinsville
The parish’s social action ministry will collect food items for Thanksgiving baskets the weekend of November 20-21. Any non-perishable food items such as canned goods, stuffing mix, fresh squash, potatoes, pickles, and boxed desserts can be brought to the church before that date to be included in the baskets. The parish will collect food for Christmas throughout the month of December. Food can be donated during the week or after Saturday Mass at 5:15 p.m. or Sunday Mass at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
St. Anthony-St. Agnes Church
422 Tilden Ave., Utica
The parish is collecting turkeys and gift cards for local grocery stores this holiday season. The food will be donated to families in the neighborhood of the church, but anything that is left will be donated to people in need outside the parish area.
St. Mary of the Assumption
103 W. Seventh St., Oswego
The parish is collecting non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys and personal care items for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Items donated will be given to Human Concerns in Oswego and Catholic Charities in Fulton for distribution.
St. Joseph the Worker
1001 Tulip St., Liverpool
St. Joseph the Worker has parishioners sign up to bring in items for food baskets. The contributions are due by Sunday, Nov. 21 and help to provide about 200 baskets to those in the Liverpool neighborhood and 20 baskets for Jail Ministry based in Syracuse. Donations come from parishioners and others in the community and the parish supplements food when it is needed.
St. Michael’s Church on Onondaga Hill sends its food donations to the food pantry at Assumption Church on Syracuse’s north side. St. Michael’s pastor Father Henry Pedzich recommends calling Assumption to find out how to help, (315) 473-9101.