Recently one of our clients was asked what she would do if South Hayward Parish weren’t there to give her food. She hesitated and said, “I guess I wouldn’t eat.”
During this time of year leading up to Easter, many of us give up something for Lent. We may vow not to eat chocolate or to skip a meal once a week. But for too many of our neighbors, not eating is not a spiritual exercise; it is not a choice. They simply do not have enough food.
Whether or not you give something up for Lent, we encourage you to help your neighbors by making a generous donation to South Hayward Parish. You can mail a check to the above address, or use the “Donate” button on our website or Facebook page.
- You will feed the hungry. Our Food Pantry is open 4 days a week. It provides about 400 families with nutritious food each week.
- You will support the homeless. In an average week, South Hayward Parish provides about 75 free showers to homeless men and women. They also receive help in finding and accessing other services. And on cold or rainy winter nights, up to 24 adults eat a hot meal and sleep in a warm, dry place in our Winter Warming Shelter.
- You will work towards Social Justice. Each year South Hayward Parish organizes a rally in downtown Hayward on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This family friendly event builds on the teachings of Dr. King and aims to motivate attendees to continue striving for a better, more just community.
Tell your friends how you are helping make Hayward a better place for everyone and encourage them to do so too. If your employer has a matched giving program, please take advantage of it and give through your work place so that you can do twice as much good.
Put your values into action by supporting South Hayward Parish this Lent. Feed the hungry, comfort the homeless and fight for social justice!