St. James is a community that loves and serves! We partner with several local organizations to care for and support those around us in need. Here are just a few of the ways we do it:
Donations for Dental Health Month: In March 2016, we
collected hundreds of brand-new dental hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, fluoridated mouthwash, and a variety of children’s dental hygiene products) for those in our community who are served by Faith In Action (FIA). These crucial dental-care items are often in short supply at food pantries.
Feed My Starving Children: A group of folks from St. James participated in this powerful community-driven event in Dexter in March 2016. Together with other area residents and churches, they packed 108,864 meals, which is enough to feed 298 undernourished children throughout the world – for an entire year! We’re looking forward to participating in the next packing event, which is already in the planning stages for 2018.
Ongoing food-pantry donations: Through Faith In Action, we regularly provide pantry staples to under-resourced people in the Dexter area. Parishioners bring in items for the FIA food pantry on any Sunday and place them in donation bins in the sanctuary. On a monthly basis we donate between 25 and 50 items, ranging from personal hygiene, paper products, and all sorts of nonperishable food. For Mother’s Day 2016, we donated 1,920 diapers to help FIA assist families in need!
Necessities for Alpha House: In a special drive for the 2015 Advent season, we provided 314 pairs of socks, gloves, and outerwear, along with 182 personal-hygiene items, to the residents of Alpha House, a nearby interfaith residence for homeless families.
Back-to-school blessings: In August, we helped Faith in Action to outfit 10 local students with a brand-new backpack stuffed with school supplies, along with a $25 check for new school clothes. In addition, St. James parishioners also purchased loads of additional school supplies during the back-to-school sales, in order to provide 440 items to needy children in Dexter Community Schools, Manchester Public Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and the Education Project through WISD.
Holiday cheer at Christmastime: In 2015 St. James purchased and wrapped gifts for nine people in two separate families from the Dexter area. It’s a joyous thing to watch the gifts pile up in the back pews during the month of December!