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Annettes Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drives

"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty'."
John 6:35

The Annettes are a group of women (and recently) men  who distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to the needy of our community. The food is collected through generous donations of St. Stephen parishioners. They donate both food and cash. The cash collected is used to purchase additional items for the boxes and to purchase gift cards to enable the recipients to purchase and entree for their holiday meals.

St. Stephen once had a Women's Guild. The Guild was composed of circles. These circles were composed of a few women from the same neighborhood. These women met weekly in each other's homes. They would pray the Rosary, exchange recipes, and discuss topics of mutual interest. Each circle had a particular item of interest to concentrate on.

One of these circles was St. Ann's Circle - named for the Mother of the Blessed Virgin. They called themselves Annettes. Their mission was to help the needy.

As more and more women became workers outside the home, the circles and guild disappeared. However, a small group of people kept the tradition of Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets alive. They asked men to join and kept the name alive, Annettes!

We begin collecting food and money for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets beginning in September. Non-perishable food items may be placed in front of the Principal's office in the school until we are back in our newly renovated church. Monetary donations may be placed in the collection (please ensure your donation is clearly labeled as an Annettes donation).

Also needed are drivers to deliver the food baskets.  This will be done the weekends before Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Questions? Call Lora Bennett at (616) 243-8998 ext 203 or

Thank you to the Parish of St. Stephen as they once again use their time, talent, and treasure to provide for those in need.

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE PERISHABLE OR HOME-MADE FOOD ITEMS AS THIS COULD CREATE A LIABILITY FOR THEM AND US.