St. Columba receives prepared Easter Baskets from churches each year. Usually we are able to provide baskets to approximately 100 children in our community. These go out with food requests and go to families that we have assisted recently with other special programs.
Our School Supplies collection focuses on supporting Oceanair Elementary School. This year we collected items valued at over $5500 to contribute to the students starting an unusual school year.
Numerous churches, businesses and individuals come together to support us through financial and in-kind donations. We provide each of our adopted families with a turkey, fruit, cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls, and a variety of other food to make Thanksgiving nice for those in need in our community. Volunteers and staff work together the week of Thanksgiving to sort, pack and distribute approximately 125 baskets.
For Christmas, we provide food similar to Thanksgiving, but also coordinate a gift program. The gifts depend on the support of churches in our community who host angel trees for the children in these families. Last year we provided 60 families with food and gifts to make the holidays a little warmer.