We are beginning our fourth year of the St. Thomas' pumpkin patch, an endeavor of our parish
Our pumpkins will arrive at St. Thomas' on Saturday, October 6 and we will unload them that morning. We will need volunteers to help sell them for the rest of the month. If you would like to volunteer, you can see our patch calendar here to find open spots. You can sign up for a time by going to our Volunteer Spot web-page. Please use these three easy steps.
If you have any questions, you can call Toby Bush or Kathleen in the Church office.
Proceeds from the patch support the following local charities:
SHARE, McLean –
This charity operates a food pantry and clothes closet out of the
McLean Baptist Church serving needy local residents. Members of St.
Thomas donate food and paper goods items throughout the year and
transport them to SHARE regularly. Furniture is also accepted. There
are also special collections at Thanksgiving and Toys and other gifts
Samaritan Ministry of Washington, D.C.
– This charity seeks out people who are ready to change their lives and
assists with its “Next Step” program. St. Thomas helps plan and
organize a Christmas party and provides gifts for needy children and
adults. Volunteers may also contribute in a wide variety of ways
including casework and literacy training. St. Thomas also participates
in this organization’s “Walk for the Homeless.” www.samaritanministry.com/2006/index.htm
Falls Church/McLean Children’s Center –
This center provides affordable quality childcare, especially for
low-income working families with children having special needs.
Various supplies are also collected and donated to needy families and
the church makes a financial contribution. Volunteers may help by
reading to children, helping maintain the playground, painting, etc. www.fcmlcc.org
FACETS Hypothermia Program – This program (www.FacetsCares.org)
shelters and feeds approximately 60-80 individuals nightly from
December – March with the goal of preventing hypothermia related deaths
during the winter months. In 2006, St. Thomas made its first grant to
FACETS for the purchase of heavy-duty boots and socks, winter hats,
long-john winter underwear, and scarves. The items will be distributed
to homeless clients who must face the hardship of winter without