Campaign for the Needy

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented levels of economic strain across the country. Due to shutdowns and job losses, many families in our St. Thomas Aquinas parish community are currently struggling to pay for even the very basics.

Many in our community live on the margins and they are especially vulnerable to falling through the cracks. So far with your help, we have been able to help stop them from falling through the cracks by

    • Distributing over 600 boxes of food to our families in need
    • Supporting 51 families struggling financially with small grants
    • Setting up a Diaper Distribution Point in South Philadelphia in in coordination with Puentes de Salud and Juntos
    • Distributing gift cards to families in need

We could not do this without the generous support of parishioners, members of the community, and friends of St. Thomas Aquinas that support our mission. Thank you for helping us keep our community members and neighbors from falling through the cracks.

The parish is collecting and distributing food, diapers, hygiene supplies, and gift cards to support our families in need. Currently, we are urgently in need of:

The following hygiene supplies:

    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant (fragrance free preferred)
    • Soap (fragrance free preferred)
    • Shampoo/conditioner
    • Menstrual products (all levels of absorbency)
    • Laundry detergent (fragrance free preferred)
    • Dish soap
    • Sponges
    • Hand sanitizer

Gift Cards for:

    • ShopRite
    • Walgreens
    • CVS

You can donate by:

If you belong to a parish or group that would be interested in organizing a donation drive or fundraiser please contact Clara Jerez, St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Associate at If you are interested in volunteering with distribution or in helping parishioners in applying for city resources, please sign up on our parish volunteer page