We make a life by what we give – Catholic Charities

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill

Volunteers and donors are the heart and soul of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Last year alone, volunteers at St. John’s Breadline gave 15,917 hours of their time to ensure the most vulnerable of our community were served with the most basic of necessities, food. That means that every single day of the year, numerous volunteers chose to make a difference in the life of another. Last year, 225,518 differences were made in the form of a hot, nutritious meal.

Catholic Charities’ Holy Family Food Pantry volunteers gave 2,996 hours last year, that’s 57 hours per week to sort, package and distribute a 7-10 day supply of food to 90 households in that very same weeks’ time.

As the holiday season is upon us, our volunteers in conjunction with donations and assistance from our community partners, such as United Way, allow for Catholic Charities to provide happiness to others in so many capacities.

  • Donations of time and turkeys ensures that guests at the Breadline will enjoy a traditional meal with others and be served with a caring heart and warm smile.
  • Donations of full food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas to the Holy Family Food Pantry creates the togetherness of family over a meal to be thankful for.
  • The Catholic Charities Annual Toy Store will bring Christmas joy for over 1,000 children this year due to the generosity of a multitude of donors. The Toy Store is designed to allow guardians to “shop” with dignity and choice for their children because of the volunteers that take a truckload of toys and sort and set up a “store.”

After wrapping up the Holy Family Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving food distribution, we are looking to our Christmas distribution which will provide 320 households with a holiday meal. St. John’s Breadline will be preparing Christmas meals to be delivered to over 100 elderly and disabled on Christmas Day in conjunction with the Christmas meal served to over 200 guests. The Annual Christmas Store will be setting up for shoppers on December 14th and having family assisted shopping for 1,000 children on December 15th.

If you are interested in assisting with donations to the Christmas meal at the Breadline, please contact Shawna Harris at sharris_stjb@cc.dio.org. For more information of assisting the Holy Family Food Pantry with the Christmas food collection and distribution or to volunteer for the Annual Christmas Toy Store at St. Cabrini please contact Christina Lance at lance_spfld@cc.dio.org or call 217-523-4551.