Give Back Sunday - thank you for your generosity!
Give Back Sunday is an opportunity to 'give back' by bringing donated items to the parish such as clothing, food, school supplies, gift cards, money, etc. for distribution to various organizations who are living out God's call to help those in need.
See below for upcoming Give Back Sunday collections as well as some of organizations we have helped in the past.
December collection - Compass Station
Drop off donations the weekend of December 17 and 18th
Right down the street, on the corner of Chalcedony and Cass, is an organization that is changing lives by sharing the love of Christ through hands-on, practical deeds of service. The Compass Station—a service of Shoreline Community Services—opened in May 2022. It is a place where those experiencing homelessness can do laundry, charge a device, and use the computers. But the main purpose is to connect people to services and resource providers that can help as they journey off of the street. Guests have access to benefits enrollment assistance, ID and driver’s license assistance, medical help, mental health and substance use services, housing options information, document recovery, legal and tax help, family reunification, and veterans services. Saint Brigid parishioners share their time and talents with guests at The Compass Station in a variety of ways including: as a nurse practitioner, a grant writer, and as volunteer guides.
Our parish is thrilled to be partnering with The Compass Station for our annual Christmas giving opportunity! We invite you to take an ornament from the giving tree located in the vestibule of the church beginning December 10. You may give to the Amazon Wishlist or, if you prefer to drop off a physical gift, you may place your items in the red bins at the church exits on December 17 and 18.
Contact Caryn Blanton for more info or vist their website or social media (links below)
November Collection - Halloween Candy
In November, we partner with Casa de los Pobres (House of the Poor) in Mexico to collect Halloween candy, toothbrushes and toothpaste to be distributed at Christmas. Last year, parishioners donated over 330 pounds of candy and dental products. These items are then combined with donations from other parishes and Catholic schools around the county and right before Thanksgiving several parishioners sort and organize these donations to create over 7,000 goodie bags for our friends in Tijuana. To learn more about Casa click on the icons below. Also join us for the bagging "party" on Sunday, November 20 from 10 am-6 pm (2 hour shifts); if interested, contact Caroline.
July Collection - Back to School program
In July, we partner with Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) and their Back to School program to collect school supplies for local low-income families with K-2 students or a 3rd-9th grade students. Last year, parishioners donated enough items to create over 60 backpacks for local students.
The mission of CCSA, an ecumenical Christian agency, is to provide emergency services to individuals and families in need in San Diego County, including food, clothing, and referrals, and where practical, counseling to assist in their transition to self-reliance. To learn more about CCSA click on the icons below.
June collection - Neighbors in Need
Our very own Neighbors in Need provides a warm home-cooked meal, donated goods, and lots of hospitality to over 100 men, women and children right here at St. B's on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. The are asking for gently used clothing, new socks and undergarments, tioletries, blankets and sleeping bags, and/or monetary donations.
December Collection - Christmas Baskets
In December, we partner with Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) to collect Christmas food baskets for local low-income families. Last year, parishioners donated enough items to create over 50 food baskets.
Other organizations we have helped
In additions to our support of organizations on an ongoing basis, sometimes parishioners ask us to support organizations they work for or have a passion for helping. See some of those wonderful organizations that we have helped in the past:
- Sharia's Closet, is an organization that assists families and individuals in crisis - we collected new and gently used clothing in April, 2022
- Catholic Charities of San Diego (CCSD) exists to exemplify the scriptural values of mercy and hospitality - we collected clothing, toys, and tioletries for a short-term shelter for refugees arriving from Central and South America in June, 2021
- Order of Malta and Children of the Immaculate Heart serves those who are vulnerable due to human trafficking.- we collected gift cards drive for survivors of human trafficking in November of 2020
- Capadonna Society's mission is to provide community and resources to Catholics who served our country - we collected toiletries, snacks, books, and Catholic items which were shipped to those who are deployed in June, 2019