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 asking you to consider the following gifts this Lent.

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
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Thermometer

Contribute In-Kind Gifts: Bring 40 fresh fruits or 40 fresh vegetables

Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are essential to a healthy diet. We hope that you can bring in 40 fresh fruits or 40 fresh vegetables. Potatoes, bagged salads, bananas, apples, oranges, and carrots would be wonderful to have at the pantry. 

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?  

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 have questions or need to make other arrangements, please reach out to Molly Cornish at mcornish@cssalaska.org

Catholic Social Services is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID# 92-0037322. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.