Holy Cross Exceeds Share Your Blessings Goal

More than 30 youth, adults join in annual project for Durham Community Food Pantry

The Holy Cross Catholic Church’s "Share Your Blessings" Thanksgiving Project exceeded its goal for this year, receiving enough donations from parishioners to purchase 100 turkeys and fixings for distribution to households in need through the Durham Community Food Pantry (DCFP). The extra funds will go toward purchasing hams for Easter dinners.

Photos from Holy Cross's November 2019 Thanksgiving food packaging day at the Durham Community Food PantryA record number of parishioners – about 30, from kindergarteners through to the parish’s more senior members – came out to DCFP early on Saturday, November 23, to prepare packages of Thanksgiving dinner staples: fruit and vegetables, side dishes, bread and dessert.

Many of those returned the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, to help distribute those packages to DCFP clients, along with a turkey or other meat items, and to assist CDFP staff by greeting clients and helping with administrative tasks.

A long-time tradition of social action

For nearly two decades, Holy Cross has conducted the Share your Blessings drive to provide ingredients for Thanksgiving Day meals for households served by the Durham Community Food Pantry, now part of the Reverend Joseph G. Vetter Family Center which opened in 2018 in the Lakeview Shopping Center in Durham.

Holy Cross parishioners Art and Brenda LaPerre, and their children, Gina, Kathi, Matthew, Nelson and Valerie, have led the annual donation drive and service effort for 15 years, assisted by parishioner Frank Boone, who transports the food items to the meal packaging area, which previously had been at Holy Cross' multipurpose room.

Their goal this year was to provide at least 70 turkey dinners with fixings. That goal was exceeded by 30, with sufficient funds remaining to help purchase hams for distribution through DCFP during the Christmas season.

A tour of the facility

After the food packages were ready, volunteers had a tour of the Durham Community Food Pantry and learned that volunteers are welcome to help with food distribution every Wednesday. Youth ages 11 and up are welcome to assist, but those under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Youth volunteers can receive service hour credit for their volunteer work at the facility.

Tags: Holy Cross youth and adults, Holy Cross Thanksgiving Dinner Project, Durham Community Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Dinner Project, Social Action

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