All my bones shall say, "Lord, who is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?"
PHARR: Wednesdays have become especially busy for Father Antonio Perdomo, Pastor of St. George’s Orthodox Church.He begins the day early with a drive to the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank to load his pick up truck full of canned and packaged foods, fresh and frozen produce, and an assortment of breads. Returning to Saint George’s on Sam Houston in Pharr, Rev. Perdomo divides the products into family sized boxes. By noon, St. George’s Food Pantry is nearly prepared for the influx of underserved people who arrive hoping to pick up their weekly box of food.
“Helping those in need has been a vital part of the work of Christians and the Church since its very beginning 2000 years ago,” Rev. Perdomo said. “We must continue living in this tradition of giving here in the Valley. Every week, more and more people find out about our Food Ministry and come to our door,” he continues. The Food Pantry began last summer and has quickly grown to provide valuable assistance to the underserved in Pharr. In November alone, the number of people served at St. George’s more than tripled.
Rev. Perdomo said that donations of canned goods, non-perishable foods, durable (non-refrigerated) produce, toiletry, grooming items and household products are all greatly appreciated. “Financial contributions are also extremely helpful, Rev. Perdomo said, “We expect the number of requests for help will be even greater during the holiday season and the cooler winter months.”
“St. George’s doesn’t want to turn away anyone in need. Our Church is committed to providing this services and has dedicated time and space for its success. However, we are a small Parish, and welcome a helping hand from our neighbors.” Rev. Perdomo said, “For example, I would love to have a few more volunteers help me out on Wednesdays.” He emphasized that St. George’s Food Pantry benefits the entire community. The Food Pantry is supported entirely by volunteer labor and donations. “100% of those donations go towards the purchase of food that directly serves those in need,” he said. “So far, we’ve been able to aid all who have come to us. This would not have been possible except for the generosity of parishioners, friends, and several area businesses, including Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.”
One local school has also offered a helping hand. McAllen’s School of Natural Therapy has provided assistance as well as a collection box on site which allows its students and others to make donations.
New or lightly used blankets, coats and sweaters (especially in children’s sizes) would also be welcomed during this winter season.All donations are tax deductible.
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