Families Helping Families

Thanksgiving Box Program

Sponsored by St. Vincent DePaul & OLPH Outreach Ministry

Pick Up Boxes – Nov 4-5 | Drop Off Boxes Nov 11-12

Help us meet our goal to fill 300 boxes of food this year!

Fill a box to help a family in need!

Given these challenging economic times, your donations are greatly appreciated by residents of our Howard County community and the greater Baltimore area. 

  • Monetary donations are also appreciated. Pick up empty boxes in the narthex the weekend of November 4 and 5.
  • Filled boxes should be returned to church the following weekend, November 11 and 12.
  • To ensure that the boxes are distributed timely, boxes MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON on November 13.

If you cannot fill a box, please consider donating. All monetary donations are equally split between the organizations that we support:

St. Veronica Parish
St. Wenceslaus Parish
Howard County Salvation Army
Elkridge Food Pantry
Phelps Luck Elementary School
Franciscan Center
OLPH Food Pantry

All donations are appreciated.
No amount is too small; on average, a filled box of food and check is valued at approximately $50.00

If you have any questions, contact Patti O’Brien at: pattiobrien@yahoo.com

Families Helping Families Shopping List

Purchase the items on the grocery list noted below.

1 – large box of Instant Potatoes

1 – large stuffing mix (stovetop or another complete mix)

1 – 16 oz can cranberry sauce

3 – 15 oz cans of vegetables

1 – large can of sweet potatoes

3 – 15 oz cans of fruit

2 – envelopes of gravy mix

2 – boxes of macaroni and cheese

1 – powder drink mix or juice concentrate

1 – large can pumpkin pie mix (with spices in the mix, not solid packed)

1 – package pie crust mix (not graham or cookie crust)

1- 12 oz can of evaporated milk


Tape the bottom of the box. If there is still space in the box, please add other canned, non-perishable items, such as peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, cereal, soups, etc. If you have additional items to donate that don’t fit in the box, please put them in a separate bag.

ALL BOXES MUST BE TAPED SHUT. We will not check each box to ensure everything is included or to look for the checks.