On Wednesday, volunteers from the Sacred Heart Community Service completed the distribution of Thanksgiving dinners to approximately 4,000 families as part of the 57th annual holiday draw in downtown San Jose.
Residents who came with valid photo ID and Sacred Heart Community Service collected boxes full of fresh produce, canned beans and corn, and a selection of turkey, ham or chicken among other items.
The organization also delivered boxes of food to members who were unable to make it to the community center as part of a holiday distribution program that began Monday. Its goal is to distribute 7,700 turkeys, hams or chickens and 70,000 cans of beans and corn between this event and another event closer to Christmas.
While the annual Sacred Heart Community Service program has included toy drive in the past, the group aims to raise $ 330,000 by December 23 to fund the distribution of pandemic-proof gift bags. The money will go to stocking each bag with handwritten holiday greetings, stocking up stockings, and a gift card for parents so they can buy children’s holiday gifts.
The organization was founded in 1964 by Willow Glen resident Louise Benson, a woman who chose to feed and clothe her needy neighbors who came to her until 1983. Complaints from neighbors forced the so-called Mother Teresa of San Jose to carry out her mission from home to a new downtown home in the building that once housed a school until she died in 1986. Learn more about the organization and learn how to donate here.