Community service

Thanksgiving gift to the community service of the Sacred Heart of San Jose

Sacred Heart Community Service volunteers finished distributing Thanksgiving dinners to approximately 4,000 families on Wednesday during the organization’s 57th annual vacation distribution in downtown San Jose.

Residents who showed up with valid photo ID and a Sacré-Coeur community service membership card collected boxes full of fresh produce, canned beans and corn and their choice of turkey, ham or chicken among other groceries.

Staff member Leticia Alvarez, right, restocks food items while working at the Sacred Heart Community Service’s annual holiday food distribution event in San Jose on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Approximately 4,000 families received products groceries and holiday meals during Thanksgiving week. (Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group)

The organization also delivered boxes of food to members who could not make it to the community center for the holiday distribution program, which began on Monday. His goals for this effort are to donate 7,700 turkeys, hams or chickens and 70,000 cans of beans and corn in total between this event and one closer to Christmas.

While Sacred Heart Community Service‘s annual program has included a toy drive in the past, the group aims to raise $ 330,000 by December 23 to fund a scattering of pandemic-proof gift bags. The money will be used to provide each bag with handwritten holiday greetings, stockings and a gift card for parents to purchase holiday gifts for the children.

Staff member Leticia Alvarez, left, distributes food items during the annual Sacred Heart Community Service Holiday Food Distribution Event on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in San Jose. (Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group)

The organization was founded in 1964 by Louise Benson, resident of Willow Glen, a woman determined to feed and clothe the neighbors in need who came to her door until 1983. Complaining neighbors pushed the so-called Mother Teresa of San Jose to accomplish her mission from a new home downtown in a building that once housed a school until her death in 1986. Learn more about the organization and learn how to donate here.