The entire St. John Neumann parish community is invited to support the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and Gifts for Kids Drive benefiting Cornerstones. Jump right to Christmas Gifts for Kids.

Feed the hungry is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes that “people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable” and we are instructed “to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”

Because of the pandemic, Cornerstones is running the Thanksgiving Food Drive and Gifts for Kids Drive concurrently so that both donations can be delivered to families at the same time.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Illustrated turkey wearing a Pilgrim-style hat“A portion of the harvest is set aside for the poor and the stranger.” Leviticus 19:9-10

There are specific food items to donate or you can contribute financially online. The deadline to donate is Nov. 15.

Please drop off all food donations in the marked bins in the Narthex; cash, check, and gift card donations should be brought to the parish office during business hours or placed in the collection basket during Mass (clearly marked for the Food Drive). Please write “Thanksgiving Food Drive” in the memo line for a check.

Registered Faith Formation families have designated food items to donate based on grade level along with $3.

Food items to donate

  • 3 cans of assorted veggies (please no green beans)
  • 2 cans of fruit
  • 1 bottle of olive or canola cooking oil (approx. 24 oz.)
  • 1 box of instant potatoes, macaroni & cheese, stuffing
  • 1 box of rice or a 2–5 lb. bag of rice
  • 1 box of biscuit or muffin mix
  • 1 snack — pretzels, chips, nuts, etc.
  • 1 box of dessert mix — brownies, cookies, cake, etc.
  • 2 lb. bag of flour
  • 2 lb. bag of sugar
  • 1 $25 gift card to Giant, Safeway, or Harris Teeter
  • Or contribute financially online

How Are We Doing?

The brown lines on the graph below show how much we need and the orange lines show how much we have (as of Nov. 9).


Christmas Gifts for Kids Drive

“Serve one another with the gifts you have received.” 1 Peter 4:8-11

The Gifts for Kids Drive supports families who also receive food support from Cornerstones. The holiday season can be difficult financially, and this drive helps make the holiday more special for local children.

In 2020, the Gifts for Kids Drive is running concurrently with the Thanksgiving Food Drive to limit the number of actions between volunteers and families. Families will also receive gift cards instead of physical gifts and will need time to shop. The deadline for SJN parishioners to donate or fulfill gift commitments is Nov. 13; note that this is earlier than the deadlines listed on Cornerstones’ website.

How can I participate?

There are two ways to support the Gifts for Kids Drive:

  1. Sign up to support a particular child (36 children still need sponsors as of Nov. 4)
  2. Donate financially to help provide families with requested Gift Cards.

How do I fulfill my commitment to a particular child?

If you sign up to support a particular child, you have three ways to fulfill your commitment:

  1. Bring the designated gift card to the parish office during business hours. Please include the child’s name.
  2. Drop off your designated gift card or the financial equivalent in the collection basket at Mass (clearly marked for the Gifts for Kids Drive). Please write “Gifts for Kids Drive” and the child’s name in the memo line for a check.
  3. Donate online.

Questions about the Gifts for Kids Drive? Email Mary Kay Crain or call her at (571) 643-1026.