Welcome to the sixth annual St. Thomas' pumpkin patch, an endeavor of our parish
to bring color to McLean while we support a variety of local charities who are tending those beset by hardship in these difficult economic times. All of our pumpkins come from the Northwestern New Mexico Navajo Indian Reservation. The proceeds from the sale are split between the reservation and a number of local charities listed below.
Our pumpkins arrived at St. Thomas' on Saturday, October 5. It was a beautiful day and with the assistance of many 8th graders we were unloaded in a couple of hours. Many thanks to those all those that helped out.
We need volunteers to help sell them for the rest of the month. Sales are Sun - Fri 11-7 PM, Sat 10-6PM. Time slots are for 2 hours.
Please visit: PUMPKIN PATCH SIGN UP
On Saturday November 2nd from 8am to 10am we will reload our leftover pumpkins to help feed the animals at Rikki's Refuge.
This effort is eligible for approx. 2 hours of 8th grade community service hours.
To volunteer to help RELOAD please sign up at: PUMPKIN RELOADING
If you have any questions, please call Kathleen in the Church office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-442-0330).
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 at Christmas.
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.” http://www.samaritanministry.org/
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 shelter.