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Portland Parish to Hold Parkside Neighborhood Giveaway on Saturday, November 16

PORTLAND---The Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish Social Justice and Peace Commission will hold a Parkside Neighborhood Giveaway at the parish hall on 65 Mellen Street in Portland.

The giveaway will be on Saturday, November 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Among the items that will be given away to any individual or family in need are warm clothing for adults and children, boots, bedding, blankets, towels, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, dishes, books, toys, and more.

“This giveaway is so important, particularly to those experiencing their first Maine winter,” said Anne Johnson, a commission member. “The parish is an indispensable part of the social support network for the Parkside community, the city, and the diocese. When in need, hundreds in the neighborhood turn to the parish for clothes and household items.”

Those who can donate items to be given out are asked to drop them off at the parish hall the day before (Friday, November 15) from 9 a.m. to noon or 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish is the home for Hispanic Ministry for the Greater Portland area, serving people from 12 Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of events like Bible study in Spanish, Mass in Spanish each Sunday, and special retreats. In addition, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic provides countless community programs, social justice presentations, and workshops for local residents, including Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services. The parish’s food pantry distributes close to 3,000 pounds of food each week.

“This is a welcoming parish where many new immigrants in Portland find a home,” said Bishop Deeley. “The Sacred Heart/St. Dominic parishioners celebrate the beauty of the Gospel and answer the call to share it with others. They are conscious of the worth of each person in the community, and the ways in which they can be of assistance to each other. The parish is a beacon of hope in the midst of the community.”

For more information, contact Anne Johnson at (207) 929-3088.