Share Your Blessings

San Francisco was named from the original 1776 Spanish settlement of the Mission San Francisco de Asis. The Patron Saint of the original mission was Saint Francis of Asissi, founder of the Order of Franciscan Friars. The Friars are still active in The City, serving the needy. For more than 60 years, they have operated St. Anthony’s Dining Room. This year, continuing to serve approximately 2,600 meals daily, they can estimate that this past spring they served their 37millionth meal.

Through the years, St. Anthony’s has expanded their services and the nonprofit is called the St. Anthony Foundation. The Web site states, “St. Anthony’s does not accept any federal, state, or local government support. We are entirely funded by private donations.”

At this time of year, some of the needs are simple. For example, they can use lots and lots of new socks. The Web site says, “Your donation of NEW SOCKS, clean and ready-to-wear clothing, canned and dried foods are all much needed and appreciated!”

To make it easy, St. Anthony’s has volunteers on duty to accept your donations at curbside at their building at 105 Golden Gate Avenue at Jones Street. Stay in your car and drop off your items from 8 am to 6 pm, today, Thursday and Friday. They are even accepting your donations on Saturday, Christmas Eve, from 9 am to 3 pm. And yes, if you are not driving by soon, they happily accept donations via snail mail and online.

Keeping up with the times, St. Anthony’s has a Blog. Check out more ways to help at:

Best wishes to you and yours in the spirit of the season,