Saint Mary Thanksgiving Food Drive Fills 250 Boxes

The generosity of our amazing Saint Mary parishioners was on full display this past weekend during the annual Thanksgiving food drive.

Junior high and high school student volunteers filled roughly 250 boxes with  nonperishable food items donated by parishioners.

Saint Mary Thanksgiving food drive.
Saint Mary parishioners managed to fill these 250 boxes with food item donations for those in need.

After packing, volunteers carried all the boxes outside to load onto several trucks, which would deliver the food to those in need. It took some elbow grease to move the boxes, but the effort at least kept volunteers warm on the cold November day.

Saint Mary Mokena volunteers
Saint Mary Thanksgiving food drive volunteers pose in front of one of the delivery trucks.

Donations were sent to MorningStar Mission, Warren-Sharpe Community Center, the Spanish Community Center, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and the Frankfort Food Pantry.

Saint Mary Thanksgiving Food Drive
Student volunteers packed roughly 250 boxes of food for the Saint Mary Thanksgiving Food Drive before using some muscle to load them onto delivery trucks.

The food drive was a fitting complement to last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Matthew 25: 14-30) about using the gifts and talents God has given us to spread His love and message to others.

What better way to give thanks to God then to share what you have with those in need? So often in our culture, the focus is on acquiring more “stuff” for ourselves. Just look at the Black Friday shopping craziness.

Amidst this self-centeredness, it’s easy to forget that we wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for God. That’s why it’s wonderful to see that our parishioners do not forget. Through their generous giving to others, they give thanks to God.

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Saint Mary Mokena

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