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Staff Writer

PEPPERELL — As the holiday season approaches PACH Outreach, (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home) is challenged in a special way, according to PACH’s director, Reverend Paul Ring, pastor of St. Joseph Church.

Because of outstanding need during last winter, funds are quite low and there is not enough money to fund vouchers for the purchase of meat or turkey at Donelan’s Market.

Consequently, PACH Outreach is asking parishioners (and any resident) to consider purchasing a gift certificate at Donelan’s — in denominations of $15 to $30 — that can be included in Thanksgiving gift baskets distributed to the needy, Ring wrote in the Nov. 16 parish bulletin.

“In gratitude for all the blessings we have received, let us be generous in sharing with those less fortunate,” he wrote.

Contributions of food (or a Donelan’s gift certificate) should be brought to St. Joseph Church through Sunday, Nov. 23 and placed in the sanctuary, on the steps leading up to the altar.

According to PACH Outreach, the following food items are needed: Stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy, canned string beans, peas, pie crust mix and filling, cake and bread mixes, frosting and Jell-o.

Volunteers are needed on Sunday, Nov. 23 after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph to bring all the groceries from the church to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Jersey Street, PACH Outreach’s newly acquired home base.

Additional volunteers are needed on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. to help with packing the gift baskets, also at the K-of-C. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, volunteers are needed to help distribute baskets beginning at 4 p.m. — including deliver to those unable to drive.

Anyone in need of a basket may request one by calling St. Joseph’s rectory at 978-433-5737 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.