With this in mind, I pass on to you a message from the Holy Family Food Pantry in Springfield that I received last week (I'm a little behind on e-mail and Facebook messages):
The Holy Family Food Pantry is greatly in need of your assistance. During the summer, food donations are reduced but the need increases. Our shelves are still very low. With the holidays fast approaching, we are in great need of food donations. Please help by bringing food to your church or school or directly to the pantry. All food items are needed at this time, however the most needed are as follows: peanut butter, jelly, canned pasta, rice products, soup, canned fruit, and pork & beans.
Most of the time when we give something away, our share of that item decreases. But the opposite is true when we give of ourselves to others. When we give of ourselves we are showing Christ’s love to the world and it will come back to us ten-fold. Your gift of yourself will provide hope and help to those in need (emphases original).
Please, be as generous as you are able. Items can be dropped off at the food pantry at 1023 East Washington Street, Springfield.