Imagine if you will a food pantry with half-empty shelves and a
handful of lonely turkeys in an empty freezer. Imagine also
hundreds of families waiting anxiously in hopes of receiving a
special basket filled with all of the ingredients needed to make a
wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
Imagine if you will a food pantry with half-empty shelves and a handful of lonely turkeys in an empty freezer. Imagine also hundreds of families waiting anxiously in hopes of receiving a special basket filled with all of the ingredients needed to make a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Then picture a number of hopeful people standing at the ready who know what the communities of south Santa Clara County are capable of doing.
This was the scene at St. Joseph’s Family Center less than a week before our annual Thanksgiving Basket distribution. Small pleas went out for help and the response we received was overwhelming! A steady stream of canned goods, cranberries, potatoes and boxes of stuffing came through our doors. Turkeys flocked in by the hundreds and our phone rang continuously with people wishing to volunteer or lend assistance in anyway possible.
The generosity of this community is commendable and overwhelming at times. Our desire would be to thank everyone personally for their efforts and the sacrifices they may have endured to make this event successful.
This year, we were able to bless over 600 low-income families with nutritious food for the holiday. Whether partnering with other community based organizations to meet their needs, serving seniors at Wheeler Manor and Sunset Gardens, the homeless and migrant farm worker families – all of this was made possible by companies like Costco, Nob Hill, Wal-Mart and Safeway; organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Gavilan College Honors Program and the San Martin Lions Club; from schools like St. Mary’s, Antonio Del Buono and Ascension Solorsano; special people like the crew who prepared the Thanksgiving dinner at the Lord’s Table, including Val Filice, Joe Peralta and their talented crew; the Todd Jones family and Custom Pads; and of course, the Gilroy Dispatch – just to name a few. Many others contributed individually.
This spirit of giving defines the holiday season. We also would like to challenge the community to keep this contagious effort going throughout the year. Those we serve have needs 365 days a year.
Peace and best wishes to all! Our sincere thanks,
David Cox, Gilroy, on behalf of the
St. Joseph’s Family Center staff