Thanksgiving Meals

Thanksgiving Plans Cancelled?

If your usual large family gathering has been cancelled this year, consider using the funds you would have spent for a big meal to provide a meal for a family in need.

You are invited to sign up to purchase a Thanksgiving meal for clients of Second Story, one of our partner organizations. Second Story has a goal of feeding 500 families this year, so they need our help!

They are requesting Thanksgiving "baskets" to feed six people, that include:

  • pasta or mac and cheese
  • cooking oil
  • dry black beans
  • rice
  • two types of canned vegetables
  • dessert: canned fruit or boxed dessert mix
  • UHT milk (such as Parmalat)
  • Maseca brand flour
  • $20 gift card to Safeway, Giant or Shoppers Food for purchasing a turkey or other meat and perishables (you can purchase $25 cards from the gift card table on Sundays)

Please, no perishable items as Second Story cannot store them.

If you prefer not to shop, you are welcome to make a financial donation and the Outreach committee will shop on your behalf. Suggested donation: $54 per bag.

Bags need to be dropped off at Holy Cross by November 15 so they can be delivered to Second Story by the 21st. Outreach committee members will be on hand on November 8 and 15 to safely accept your donations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you are unable to drop off during those hours, please contact Maude Hales to make other arrangements.

Sign up to provide a Thanksgiving meal at

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At Holy Cross, we seek to be Christ's hands and feet in the world, serving those in need in our community and around the world. We do this by partnering with established programs that are engaged in improving the lives of those in need and giving hope to anyone seeking a better life. There are many ways to make a difference in the world.

You are welcome to join us in any of the programs listed here.

Red Wagon

We collect shelf stable food items for the Committee for Helping Others' food pantry, which serve food insecure families in our immediate surroundings. Donations are delivered to CHO on a weekly basis.

Personal Care Items

Parishioners donate shampoo, soap, and other personal care items that are delivered to the Lamb Center, a day shelter in Fairfax County.

Parish Lunch Line

The third Sunday of every month we gather in the parish kitchen to make sandwiches for clients of Northern Virginia Family Service’s Bailey’s Crossroads shelter. After our 10:30 a.m. service, we work for about 45 minutes to assemble and package sandwiches with the supplies we have on hand. All are welcome to come help out for as much time as you can spare. We are always accepting donations of lunch meat, cheese, and bread.

Comfort Cases

We hold packing parties twice a year to provide much-needed supplies and a sense of dignity to kids in the foster system.

United Thank Offering

Parishioners drop coins in their blue boxes as they count their blessings twice a year. The funds are gathered and donated to UTO, which provides grants to groups seeking to serve the world.

Porridge Program

During Lent, parishioners are invited to sponsor a student who is suffering from malnutrition, by paying for daily breakfast at St. Augustine's Primary School in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.

Thanksgiving Meals

In November, parishioners pick up grocery bags and shopping lists to purchase Thanksgiving groceries for struggling families served by Second Story.

Angel Tree

During Advent, we collect Christmas presents to be donated to CHO, which makes them available to their clients free of charge. Struggling families can choose gifts for their children at the Christmas store in mid-December.