Counting Our Blessings
As the old year ends and the new year begins, we reflect back over the
many blessings we have received not just this past year but over the past 20
years that United Samaritans Foundation has provided services to help those
We have been blessed with generous donations from community members
and businesses both monetary and in-kind to help us build and sustain our
mission. We have been blessed with an army of wonderful, caring and giving
volunteers who gave so generously of their time in helping to prepare meals,
sort clothes or canned food. They helped with food boxes, our fundraiser, our
newsletter, our building maintenance, yard work, and many other tasks that
needed to be done. We have been blessed with canned food drives and clothing
drives held by many groups and businesses to help fill our food boxes and
clothes closet. We have been blessed by those who gave for the different holidays:
Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that the less fortunate
could enjoy a special treat, a Thanksgiving dinner or candy cane with
their Christmas meal or a toy under their Christmas tree.
We have been blessed to have such a caring staff and board who work
hard to help those who are struggling, to fulfill our mission of providing food to
people in need in Stanislaus County and to facilitate the provision of services
for a better quality of life. We are blessed to know that we are all doing something
to make a difference in our community.
As we look ahead to what 2015 will bring, let us to strive to continue to
make a difference and to provide for the less fortunate in our communities. Let
us share our many blessings with all those who struggle.
Please Note: The Feinstein Foundation has suspended their 2015 $1Million Challenge until further notice in order to concentrate on its ever-increasing number of Feinstein Jr. Scholars, now over 150,000 strong, pledged to help better the lives of others.
Started in 1998, the annual Feinstein $1 million giveaway to anti-hunger agencies to use as a spur for their fund raising, has generated over $2.5 billion to feed the hungry from thousands of donors throughout the country and overseas. It is likely the largest amount of money ever raised by any grass roots effort to fight hunger.
United Samaritans Foundation wants to make sure you know that even without the Feinstien Challenge grant, all food and dollar contributions you provide continue to be a huge help to us and will always benefit those in need within our community. Please continue to give so that we may continue to serve.
Christmas Shopping in the City
In December we loaded a Storer Bus with 30 ladies and transported them
to a delightful day of Christmas shopping in San Francisco. On the ride to
the city everyone was treated to coffee, orange juice and champagne,
fresh pastries and fruit. First stop was the GiftCenter & JewelryMart on Brannon Street, and then lunch and more shopping in Union Square.
The city was decked out beautifully for the holidays. On the trip home, everyone enjoyed a little wine, finger
food and some wonderful cookies. Thank
you to Storer Transportation for the bus
and to Patricia McGuire for the delicious
cookies. Everyone had a great time. If
you would like to join us this next year,
watch for the September newsletter for
the date of our 2015 trip.
December Canned Food Drive
The Modesto Junior College Sports Dept. held a canned food drive on December 19th
as part of their 77th Annual Basketball Tournament to benefit United Samaritans
Queen Bean Coffee House held a canned food and toy drive also on
December 19th. These were first time for events for both
groups. Thank you so much for wanting to reach out and
make a difference in your community. The contribution
we received from both of these
events are greatly appreciated.
Making A Difference
Because of your faithful support, meals served on our trucks during
the month of November 2014,
In our Emergency
Food Box Program, 274 families were provided with a
three-day, three meals per day supply of
We couldn't do all this without your help. Thank you!
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Thanks to all who helped with our Christmas Dinner. We had many generous donations of food and candy canes.
Everyone was able to receive a candy cane. We also had a wonderful turnout of volunteers at all three sites to help
prepare and serve meals. We could not have served so many (1,546 meals!) without their help.
Christmas Dinners, which were served from our trucks on December 24th, were as follows:
Turlock Truck Served 350 meals
Modesto Truck Served 502 meals
Keyes/Ceres Truck Served 358 meals
Hughson Truck Served 336 meals
The Spirit of Christmas
Thank you to all who gave from your hearts and generously donated toys, books, games,
and other items for Christmas. Thank you to All Saints Catholic Church of Turlock and Varco
Prudent for gifts for teens. Thank you to Sue and Bob Santos who once again donated books with
stuffed animals that were distributed from the Turlock Lunch truck. There were many happy
smiles on the faces of the children who received a stuffed animal with a book to love and
In Hughson we helped with the Hughson Community Project “Christmas Baskets”. The
Project distributed Christmas boxes of food and gifts to 430 families in need in the Hughson
area. We also worked with Turlock Together to help provide Christmas Baskets of food and gifts
to over 1800 Turlock families.
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