Lent is upon us, asking us to set aside 40 days to reflect on being good stewards of what we’ve been given. For some, observing Lent means personal sacrifice. For others, it means contributing to meaningful goals, be them causes or reflection.
Father Tom Lilly once encouraged us to think about Lent in terms of time, talent, and treasure – three unique ways to serve our neighbors. What can we do and what can we give over Lent?
Supporters, like you, change the lives of our neighbors who are in-need. Because of you, Brother Francis Shelter can offer safe, warm shelter to 240 guests every night, St. Francis House Food Pantry can provide food to more than 85 families every day, and Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services can prepare and connect clients with good jobs.
During this season of Lent, will you join with other supporters over these 40 days to donate your time, talent, and treasure? We’re encouraging you to do at least one of four things.
Volunteer: Help us create 40 health kits for refugees
RAIS is in need of health kits. These health kits are given to families and individuals when they first arrive in Alaska. Our goal is to have 40 health kits total. Will you help purchase and assemble these important items? Health kits should be in a ziploc bag and contain the following:
- Box of band aids
- Antibiotic ointment
Contribute In-Kind Gifts: Bring 40 Cans of Food
Having shelf stable food readily available is essential for hungry families. Canned goods help them immensely. Whether you bring 40 cans of fruit, vegetables, soups, or sauces, someone here can use them. Will you please fill out the form below to let us know you’re committed to bring canned food?
Host a Donation Drive: Collect 40 Blankets
With the severely cold weather Alaskans face, those experiencing homelessness need extra help staying warm. Brother Francis Shelter provides blankets to its guests and desperately needs more. Will you host a blanket-drive at your school, work, or place of worship with a goal of getting 40 blankets? Please fill out the form below to let us know you’re committing to this project and to receive more information.
Donate: Make a $40 Online Donation
A gift of $40 helps Catholic Social Services’ clients achieve permanent stability, but each of us has different means. We are grateful for any amount you choose to donate. If you fill out the form below, your donation will be marked as contributing during the season of Lent and go to meet the greatest needs in our clients’ lives.
If you have questions or need to make other arrangements, please fill out the form below and someone will follow-up with you.
Catholic Social Services is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID# 92-0037322. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.