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Donations to our Mission Partners

Updated: Jun 11, 2020


St. Francis Episcopal Church – A Community of Givers

In this uncertain time, the Mission Committee of St. Francis would like to offer opportunities for those who want to help others in some way. St. Francis has three Mission Partners: Abby’s House, the Mustard Seed and Dismas Family Farm. We also partner with our good friend, the Rev. Meredyth Ward at Walking Together and the Wachusett Food Pantry. These organizations continue to serve their respective populations without their usual volunteers who are now sheltering in place. New financial challenges have been one result of having no volunteers who have donated their time, food or other help in the past.

A member of our Mission Committee will be at St. Clare House Saturday morning from

10-12pm beginning on 5/16. In order to keep everyone safe, they will be inside St. Clare’s or nearby in their car. There will be clearly labeled receptacles on the covered porch – one for each mission partner. Please place your items in the bin with minimal touching.

In accordance with government regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone who will be dropping off donations must follow these rules: -Do not drop off items if you or someone with whom you have been in contact has experienced any symptoms associated with the virus within the past 14 days -Clean and disinfect the items prior to dropping them off in the bins at St. Clare’s House. -Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). -Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. -Wash your hands either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol at home upon returning from dropping off your donated items. -Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

We have asked the organizations what they need:

Abby’s House - Paper towels - toilet paper - Clorox in any form - Cleaning products of any kind - Hand sanitizer

Dismas Farm - grocery cards (Walmart works well for them) - Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues)

Mustard Seed For their Food Pantry (which helps their neighbors feed their family/children) - tuna, canned meat, pasta sauce, pasta, peanut butter and cereal(nothing sugary).

Walking Together - Disposable Vinyl gloves (any size) - Snacks (individually wrapped: hard candies, CheezIt’s, peanut butter crackers, applesauce cup with plastic spoon, Cheetos, Fritos, belVita (soft baked) breakfast biscuit, beef jerky

Local Food Pantry: - Canned protein sources (chicken, baked beans) - 100% Juice (concentrate preferred) - Canned fruits and vegetables - Canned soup - Spaghetti sauce - Peanut butter - Cereal and oatmeal - Mac ‘n cheese - Personal care (soap, shampoo, etc.) - Paper products (toilet paper, tissues) - Dog and/or cat food

If you would rather make a financial contribution, we ask that you do so directly to the organization.

Addresses for each:

Abby's House Walking Together 52 High Street made out to ‘Walking Together’ Worcester, MA 01609 Diocese of Western Massachusetts 37 Chestnut Street Springfield, MA 01103

Dismas House The Mustard Seed Post Office 30125 P.O. Box 2592 Worcester, MA 01603 Worcester, MA 01613 Memo line: Dismas Farm

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