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Helping Hands at Work at
Sacred Heart Community Center

Osvaldo Castillo

The holidays are around the corner and it is time to start thinking about what gifts to buy for your loved ones. Some gifts may be big, while others may be small. But no matter the size, these gifts will bring joys to whoever receives them.However, some of the less fortunate do not have the funds to purchase gifts or even their holiday dinner.Fortunately for them, the Sacred Heart Community Center has made it their mission to ensure that everyone truly enjoys this holiday season. The organization will be handing out Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, as well as Christmas Toys to those who are struggling in the community.

On Friday, November 9, many families registered for Sacred Heart’s Holiday Food and Toy distribution. “We want to make sure that everyone can celebrate the holidays, so we are providing food and toys to low-income families on Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Jay Pecot Director of Development. “We have signed up over 2,000 families so far and the next registration day is this Friday, November 16, from 9am until 1pm. There are still a few toy registrations available.”The families began to get in line the night before and set up tents around the building.

“We told them they did not have to wait all night because we would have enough food and toys for everyone,” Pecot said. “But they stayed anyway. This was something that was very important to them.”There were a total of 174 volunteers last Friday and another 100 more are expected to come this Friday. The people that have registered so far are from Sacred Heart programs, the Washington area neighborhood and from throughout San Jose and Santa Clara county. “The only qualification for the programs is that people ask,” Pecot said. “The program is intended for low-income families who do not have money to afford their own celebrations this year.”

“This morning we had 62 turkeys in our freezer and that is far short of the 4,000 we need for next week.  If people can help us by donating food. We ask that they bring it in by this Friday.  Please donate frozen turkeys,” Pecot said.

This is an annual event for Sacred Heart. It is one of the first actions by the founder of Sacred Heart Community Service, Louise Benson. It has expanded to the thousands that we help every year during the holidays, in addition to the food distribution that the organization operates throughout the year. A check can be mailed directly to Sacred Heart’s office at 1381 South First St., San Jose, CA 95110. Their tax ID is 23-7179787 and they are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.


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