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Thankfulness Into Action

Options For Donations And Volunteering During Thanksgiving Season

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude. In addition to contemplating life's aspects that are appreciated, it's also a perfect occasion to think about others, who may be less fortunate, by giving monetary gifts, donations or simply volunteering. Here are some local opportunities in the Newtown region for making contributions. 

Family Service Association of Bucks County                                                                 

This group hosts a fall coat drive to distribute coats before Thanksgiving, and serves a Thanksgiving meal to those at a homeless shelter in Levittown. Volunteers help a chef prepare, setup, serve and clean up. To donate or volunteer, contact Anne Marie Richards at or 215.757.6916, extension 218.

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) - Yardley                                                

Volunteers support the BCHG Community Food Pantry and the Family Service Food Pantry. They make meals for homebound residents via Caring for Friends, and prepare a Thanksgiving basket for a sponsored family through Apartment Partners. For volunteer or donation opportunities, visit the Service Projects page at

Newtown Rotary - Newtown                                                                              

This group sponsors a biannual food drive at McCaffery’s in Newtown to benefit the Wrightstown Food Cupboard. The next drive is Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in volunteering may email or sign up through the “volunteer” tab on the Rotary's Facebook page, They're also sponsoring a $25 gift card collection for Ukrainian refugees in the Council Rock School District; drop-off locations include Countryside Framing, Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown Hardware House. 

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue - New Hope                                                                                  

These "gleaning" supporters distribute food that would otherwise go to waste from local farms to area organizations. Volunteer opportunities available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. through early December. Visit for more information.                                                    

United Way of Bucks County                                                                      

This team operates the HELP Center in Bristol, a warehouse/distribution center/shop that provides free personal and household essentials. A different collection theme is highlighted each season; from October through December the theme is cleaning supplies and home goods. Several Newtown-area organizations and residents support the HELP Center through individual donations, hosting supply drives and volunteering their time:

Food Pantries:

St. Andrew Catholic Church
81 Swamp Road, Newtown                                                              

St. Andrew parishioners donate nonperishable food items that are taken to Mary's Cupboard in Levittown on a monthly basis.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
100 E. Washington Ave., Newtown                                                    

Food pantry with small nonperishable foods. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; collaborates with local charity Aiding Our Neighbors to provide and distribute turkey and ham dinners for Thanksgiving. Community donations welcome. 

The Wrightstown Food Cupboard
2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park                                                                                            

Group receives donations and support from four area churches: Penns Park United Methodist Church, Anchor Presbyterian, Wrightstown Friends and St. Mark's Orthodox, as well as Newtown Rotary, Council Rock School District and the surrounding community. Steve Zook, of Zook's BBQ Barn at the Newtown Farmer's Market, donates fresh poultry that's stored in the food cupboard's refrigerator. For Thanksgiving, those who have used the food cupboard in the past are invited to come and pack a box for the holiday (the same is done for Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year). Call Mitch or Nancy McIntire at 215.598.3661 for more information.

  • At-home Thanksgiving ways to volunteer include calling an older adult or writing letters to American military troops.