There are many ways to get involved in St. Margret's Outreach Programs ...

St. Margaret’s year-round outreach efforts take on a special poignancy as we approach the holidays. On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks for the abundance of God’s blessings. It’s a day to celebrate with family, friends and a table overflowing with turkey and all the trimmings. But Thanksgiving Day can also be a sad time for those who suffer from loss or financial hardship and do not have the means for a good, healthy meal. Fortunately, St. Margaret’s is always prepared to help people in need, and this month, you can contribute in the following ways:

Come to our PB&J Outreach Event
(Wed, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.)

Every other month, a dedicated group of St. Margaret’s parishioners join friends from neighboring churches and temples at Plainview Reformed Church on Old Bethpage Road in Plainview. Together, we prepare 500 PB&J sandwiches to be served at the Interfaith Nutritional Network (INN) in Hempstead. These sandwiches are a nutritional extra – or sometimes the only meal – that their clients get for that day. If we get a good showing of volunteers, we can get the job done in 45 minutes. Won’t you spare an hour of your time this month to help a fellow brother or sister?

“Thanksgiving Sunday” on Nov. 18

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day – which we call “Thanksgiving Sunday” – we are asking each parish family to bring food donations to church to support the St. Ignatius Food Pantry in Hicksville. We are hoping to collect a sizable amount to bring to the food pantry before Thanksgiving so that people who are struggling financially in Hicksville and the surrounding communities can get a few extra food items for their own Thanksgiving dinner. Please keep these neighbors in mind when shopping for your own holiday meal.

Annual Holiday Outreach Drive for Needy Families

For the past eight years, we have brought much joy to needy families struggling in the Plainview/Old Bethpage community through a partnership we forged with the POBJFK High School social worker. Our longtime connection in this amazing effort, Betty Ianotti, retired last year, but we were hoping to hear from her replacement in regard to gathering a list of families to support this year from the school district. Unfortunately, we have not received any communication to date. I will continue to reach out to the school and hope to get a list in the near future. In the meantime, I ask each of you to please find it in your heart to write a generous check payable to St. Margaret’s Church – with “Holiday Outreach” in the memo. We’ll collect the checks on three Sundays, Nov. 25; Dec. 2 (our Annual Meeting); and Dec. 9.

Please be generous so we can continue to provide holiday miracles to these local families.

God bless you all for your continued generosity!

 ~ Dan M.