August 26, 2014
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to gather at home with family, or to spend as guests of relatives, friends and acquaintances. It is an occasion to share memories or create new ones. Most of all, it is a chance to express thanks for all that is good in our lives. However, for the less fortunate, Thanksgiving can be a harsh reminder of financial struggles.
Did you know 50 Million Americans go hungry every day? That is 1 out of 6 people, 2 out of 3 seniors and 1 out of every 5 children. In zip codes 63104 and 63118 where Guardian Angel provides hunger relief at its food pantry, about 11,000 St. Louisians must decide each month whether to eat less or use money meant for other household expenses towards groceries. In fact, hunger in Guardian Angel’s service region is almost twice the national average. For these families, Thanksgiving can be an unnecessary source of anxiety and hardship.
Guardian Angel Settlement Association and St. Vincent DePaul’s Parish co-sponsor a community dinner on Thanksgiving Day to nourish the body and mind of those in need. Open to the public, this event feeds over 600 people, including families, seniors and the homeless each year. You can give relief and hope to others by making a monetary donation, or by giving turkeys and other food items to support this community dinner. As always, surplus donations support year-round programming for those struggling with poverty.
As you plan your donation, we appreciate your response with the enclosed form by November 7, 2014. Food donations should be dropped off by November 14th at GASA at Hosea House, located at 2635 Gravois Avenue.
The Dinner will take place on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 27, 11am-1pm.
The Staff and Board of Directors of Guardian Angel Settlement Association would like to express how grateful we are for your continued support. If you have any questions about the Dinner, please call Denise West, Social Services Director at (314) 773-9027.
Jessica Brandon, MBA, MS, NCC