Food bank to provide roadside service for donations
Giving the gift of giving: A long line of homeless clients attend
St. Anthony's annual Christmas dinner in 2006. The charitable
foundation is asking for food
and clothing donations for this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas
Photo by Luke
By Ashley Wright
November 20, 2007
A local food bank that serves an average of 2,600 meals each
day to anyone in need of a meal is asking for food and clothing
donations this holiday season.
The St. Anthony Foundation's food and clothing drive for the
Thanksgiving holiday is running through Thanksgiving Day and is
offering curbside service for donation drop-offs, communications
manager Francis Aviani said.
Aviani said that volunteers and staff will be wearing red jackets
and will be unloading donations from cars so visitors do not have
Canned and dried food will be accepted and will be part of the
daily meals as well as the Thanksgiving and Christmas day meals
that draw more than 3,000 visitors, Aviani said.
The Thanksgiving Day meal begins at 10:30 a.m. and is served
until every person has been given a meal, which is usually around
3 p.m., according to Aviani.
In addition to food, St. Anthony's is accepting clothing and
cold weather essentials.
St. Anthony's is asking for donations of clean and unused socks
and underwear, so that each person served in the dining room Christmas
Day will receive a clean pair of socks.
The drive for socks began Monday because the high volume of diners
on Christmas Day means that St. Anthony's will need 3,500 pairs
of clean socks to reach their goal of one pair per person, Aviani
Aviani also stressed that all warm, clean and well cared for
clothing is needed. Garments will not be handed out on Thanksgiving
Day, but are handed out through St. Anthony's clothing program,
Warm blankets, sleeping bags, and anything else a person may
need in the coming winter months are also needed, she said.
Those hoping to volunteer at St. Anthony's during the holiday
season are no longer needed as the positions were filled early,
but volunteers and donations are needed every day and are always
welcome, according to Aviani.
"We are asking people to think about the needs throughout
the year. We are open 365 days a year. The need does not go away
after the holidays," she said.
Roadside donations are accepted through Thursday. The roadside
drive will begin again Dec. 15 and run through Christmas Day,
according to Aviani.
Donations can be made from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at St. Anthony's, located at 119 Golden
Gate Ave. near Jones Street.
Money donations are also welcome, Aviani said, as St. Anthony's
is run entirely on personal donations. Donations may be made online
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