Each year on Thanksgiving Eve, St. Monica Catholic Community hosts a free Thanksgiving meal for the greater community. We continue this tradition for our 44th year by inviting guests to a Thanksgiving Feast in person at St. Monica for a warm sit-down thanksgiving meal and afterwards they will receive a package of new clothing and toiletry items for the winter months ahead. Last year we were able to serve over 700 guests, provide home bound meals to those that could not attend and were able to administer vaccines to those that needed them.
FOR OUR GUESTS - Join us on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023
For the 44th Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 1pm to 4pm at St. Monica Catholic Community. A warm Thanksgiving meal will be served outside at tables. Following their meal guests will be escorted to a clothing boutique where they can choose new items such as: sleeping bags, thermals, new clothing, toiletry items and more. And finally, guests will have the opportunity to receive homeless prevention and assistance services, low-income assistance, medical assistance, and other housing related resources!
Guests may begin to line up at 11:30am on Weds Nov. 22nd. The line will begin at the church gates off Washington Avenue and will extend in the direction of 7th Street towards California Avenue. All packages and pets are left at Baggage Claim and returned to guests on their departure. We will not be distributing tickets ahead of time. Toilet facilities will be accessible to guests and bottled water will be provided.
For the safety of our guests and volunteers we will continue to follow any health regulations mandated by the county and city. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
If you wish to receive a Homebound Delivery please contact Layla
FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS & DONORS - HOW YOU CAN HELP
This great tradition at St. Monica brings together every grade in our schools, every ministry in the parish, neighbors, restaurant and hotel kitchens, and hundreds of volunteers to feed and clothe hundreds of men and women who need an extra lift for the holidays.
As a community we feel strongly that everyone should be able to enjoy this holiday. Partaking in our feast at St. Monica may be their only opportunity to sit down at a holiday meal or opportunity to pick up new clothing items that will protect them from the elements this winter season. To prepare for our guests, we welcome donations, volunteers, and especially your prayers!
Volunteer Sign Ups are now closed
SPONSOR A GUEST
Give the gift of Thanksgiving! It takes $50 to sponsor each guest. Your donation will help provide a warm sit-down Thanksgiving feast and supply necessary winter items such as sleeping bags, thermals, beanies and more.
For checks, make payable to St. Monica Catholic Church and write Attn: Thanksgiving Feast. Checks can be dropped them off at the Parish Office or mailed to St. Monica Catholic Church, 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica, 90403.
DONATE NON-PERSISHABLE ITEMS:
Canned cranberry sauce, canned green beans, canned gravy, coffee & juice boxes
MAKE TOILETRY KITS:
Fill a gallon-sized plastic bag w/ 1 new travel-size item of:
MAKE SNACK PACKS
MAKE WOMEN'S HEALTH KITS
**Pls do not include any other items not on this list. Do not include razors/blades, safety pins, tweezers, money etc.
NEW We are collecting gently used and new winter coats & jackets. Please note that we will NOT be accepting donations of other clothing items this year.
You can drop these items off after all masses through Nov. 19 in the Grand Patio or Parish Office.