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Outreach Programs

Backpack Project Gifts Needed for Our Brother’s Place

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 duffel 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! Please use the drop off bins which are under cover in front of the church, beginning Sunday, December 6. The deadline for bringing your Backpack Project gifts to the church is Sunday, December 20. If you would like more information regarding this very meaningful Christmas outreach project, please contact Jim Borum. Many thanks!

Chester County Food Bank
Chester County Food Bank

A Message from CCFB about COVID-19:

The Chester County Food Bank provides an essential service to the community and we will continue to do so taking the recommended COVID-19 precautionary measures for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, partners and the community. We are working with our partner member agencies and food cupboards throughout the county to best serve our neighbors now and planning for ways to meet the increased needs as the situation potentially escalates.

How Can You Help? DONATE MONEY!

Monetary donations will make the biggest impact. In an effort to meet the needs of our community, we are focusing on emergency distribution, including senior and emergency food boxes. Our buying power enables us to stretch your dollars so we can feed more people. Give today or consider making a monthly gift to sustain your giving for the months ahead.

West Chester Food Cupboard

A message from the Food Cupboard about how to help them help local families:

We always welcome donations, but especially at an unprecedented time like this.

Checks and gift cards for Giant or ShopRite can be mailed to the West Chester Food Cupboard (431 S. Bolmar St. West Chester, PA 19382). Online donations are easy to make either for a one-time gift or a monthly pledge. A monthly pledge will make you a member of our popular GEMS program – our Give Every Month Supporters program.

Thank you, as ever, for your support of the West Chester Food Cupboard
…because no one should go hungry!

In Our Local Community

The Arc
(Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

Bethesda Project
My Brother’s House

Brandywine Valley SPCA

Community Volunteers in Medicine (Medical and Dental)

Domestic Violence Center
of Chester County

Home of the Sparrow
(Women and children’s shelter)

National Federation of the Blind
(Reading Ministry)


Safe Harbor
(Homeless Shelter)

Surrey Services
(Care of elders)

Volunteer English Program

West Chester Food Cupboard

Support to Youth Group Mission Trips

Around the world

Episcopal Relief & Development
(Ebola Fund)

Heifer International

Guyana America Partners