Outreach Projects


Backpacks for the Homeless

Members of the St. Francis parish family are again being asked to remember the homeless people who seek shelter and a way to improve their lives at Our Brother's Place, a unit of the Bethesda Project in Philadelphia, as you do your Christmas shopping. St. Francis has supported this very important outreach program for over 25 years, and the needs of those who are helped are as great as they have ever been.

Personal articles most needed include: backpacks or duffle bags, winter jackets and rain ponchos (all size Large or Extra-large), flannel shirts, sweaters, sweat pants and sweat shirts, underwear (especially long-johns), warm socks, knit caps, scarves, gloves or mittens, and sneakers (size 9 to 12). Also needed are towels, deodorant, anti-bacterial soap, canned coffee and sugar packets, as well as cleaning supplies such as liquid dishwashing detergent, Pine Sol with lemon, bleach and liquid toilet bowl cleaner.

PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS! A collection bin will be placed in the Narthex beginning Sunday, November 19. The deadline for bringing your Backpack Project gifts to the Church is Sunday, December 17. If you would like more information regarding this very meaningful Christmas outreach project, please contact Jim Borum. Many thanks!
Alternative Christmas Gift Cards

The Alternative Christmas gift cards will be available in the Narthex Sunday, December 17 between the two services and after the 10:00 service. This is the last Sunday to get the Alternative Christmas Gift Cards. If you need a gift for your friends, teachers, colleagues, or relatives, please consider making a donation to one of our Outreach charities and then giving the card as a holiday present. So often we don't know what to get someone and just buy anything. A charity donation honors them and really helps others in need. Checks can be made out to St. Francis in any amount with the note Alternative Christmas. You can select which charity you wish to help when you come to the table in the Narthex to get your gift cards. Should you have any questions, please see Jan or Dana Pizarro.

Church Farm School

Sheila Rees and Pam Hudson have begun their volunteer work at the Church Farm School. There are many specific items the boys need. The boys are required to bring their own linens, towels and sheets. Sheets appear to be in full supply but towels are lacking. In addition, the boys are required to wear shirt, tie and jacket to chapel each week.

Items needed:
NEW bath towels (color does not matter)
NEW belts - sizes 28", 30", 32", 34"
NEW underwear briefs - sizes 28, 30, 32, 34
NEW Tees - sizes small and medium
"Cool" winter coats. Men's small, medium and large (not your father's coats)

There will be a box in the Narthex marked for belts, underwear and towels. Please consider donating and Pam and Sheila will deliver to the Church Farm School.
St. James School

The St James School, a school in the same Episcopal tradition as Church Farm, is a tuition-free middle school in Philadelphia. Fun fact: our youth group a few years ago actually volunteered on their grounds to develop some of their fields for sports.

Committed to educating under-resourced students, they are in need of the following items. Please consider donating in the next two months and I will deliver the items when I go visit the school late this fall. Go to: https://stjamesphila.org/ to learn how you and your family can volunteer at this awesome place!

There will be a small labeled box in the Narthex for the following items:

hand soap
hand sanitizer
Clorox wipes
tissues
white board markers
black Sharpie markers
rainbow Sharpie markers
colored copy paper
Tums 750 mg
socks
gloves
Tempera paints (various colors)

Thank you for supporting Church Farm School and St. James!
~Caralee Crary