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YOU CAN HELP!

SUPPORT ST. JOSEPH'S

Unfortunately, as you know, the coronavirus has changed many plans.  After the government leaders asked for a Statewide Stay At Home Order and no crowds, we have suspended Agape for a few weeks, for everyone’s health and safety.  It is a difficult decision, because we know all so well that our guests and the community of Elizabeth depend on this meal. There are a few important organizations that are working diligently to support our guests, and St. Joseph's is one of them, who are getting food out to the Elizabeth community on a daily basis.

Financial Support

Your donation to St. Joseph's today gives hope to people struggling with hunger and supports their programs.

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DONATE SANDWICHES

The Rotary Club of Westfield has organized a sandwich drop-off at St. Joseph's in Elizabeth for WEDNESDAYS!!
Please have your sandwiches dropped off on Wednesdays before 11 am at
Rotarians will make sure the sandwiches are delivered to St. Joseph’s on time.
Guidelines for Sandwich Making
If you would like to make sandwiches in bulk so that we have an ample supply, please use the following guidelines:
  1. Meat and Cheese: 1 lb. of meat and 1 lb. of cheese will generally make a loaf of bread’s worth of sandwiches.
  2. Please do not put condiments on the sandwiches.
  3. Please individually wrap each sandwich and then place the sandwich bags in the bag the bread was in. This allows us to easily store the sandwiches and freeze them if necessary. Please mark the type of sandwich on the loaf bag.

"Thank you to all who are so generously offering your assistance during this difficult time! Please pray for our community, who were already struggling to afford basic necessities.”

St. Joseph's Social Services

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Emergency Food Bags
Shop-Rite in Garwood is offering a way for you to fill Emergency Food Bags destined for St. Joseph's. They have empty brown bags at the entrance with a list of needed items attached. Customers are welcome to pick up a bag, fill it with any or all of the items on the list, pay for the groceries, and leave the bag at the store. Shop-Rite will deliver them to St. Joseph’s on a regular basis.

HOW TO MAKE A HOSPITAL FACE MASK

Face Mask

What you will need:

  • 100% Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best. You will use two pieces to make one mask
  • Elastic rope,  beading cord elastic will work 1/8” flat elastic will works
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end. DO NOT knot the end of the flat.
  • You can make two sizes: adult or child

The Cornonavirus pandemic is causing hospital masks to be in short supply.  If you want to help   relieve the shortage, here is a simple pattern for making them.

The area hospitals prefer masks in the following dimensions: 

  • 6"x9" model for adults,
  • 7.5” X 5” for children

The fabric used needs to be 100% cotton so the masks can be sanitized repeatedly.

Getting started: 

Put right sides of cotton fabric together.  Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.  Now sew across the top of the mask to the next corner. Again put in elastic with the edge out. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.  Sew across the bottom leaving about 1/5” to 2” OPEN. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.  Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction. Sew around the edge of the mask twice. It is so easy to make this. 

You may also visit:

www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-face-Mask

Or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgHrnS6n4iA

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

The Food Pantry at Holy Trinity is accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Westfield residents in need.  However, due to the lack of a covered area outside Holy Trinity, all items will be collected at the Westfield Area YMCA's glassed-in vestibule (located at 220 Clark Street.) 

The collection starts on Monday, April 6th.  Hours will be 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

  • Soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Tuna Fish
  • Boxes of Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • All varieties of baby food and cereal
  • Full size Shampoo
  • Full size Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors (men’s and women’s)
  • Disposable Diapers, especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield continues to burn as a light in the darkness as our community weathers this fearsome storm of illness. Our reach of care continues to extend far beyond our immediate borders. You can help us make a real impact in the lives of others by joining in our work through your time, your talents, and also in the fruits of your labors.