Food & Hygeine Products
Every weekend at St. Mark's we collect food and hygiene products for the hungry and houseless of our community. This may include parishioners, and it may include the houseless who live on the streets of Kapahulu and Waikiki. Most often we give the food to local agencies who work with the hungry on a regular basis (Aloha Harvest, Hale Kipa, the Waikiki Heath Center). At high mass the collected food and hygiene products from all masses is brought forward to the high altar with the parish's offerings, and everything is blessed at the offertory. It is a great blessing when the ushers can barely pick up the basket, because it is overloaded with food. Parishioners have been generous, and we ask that you continue to be generous. The need is great, and unfortunately, the need seems to be increasing.
Do you have questions about what items to donate? Jars of peanut butter are excellent, and granola bars also make good donations. Applesauce in individual containers are also helpful. Anything that is full of protein and is in small packages works well. We also collect hygiene products throughout the year such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, dental floss, soap, shampoo, feminine products, etc. Use your imagination, and mahalo in advance for your generosity.
Clothing for the Homeless
On the last Thursday of every month at 10:00 am, St. Mary's Episcopal Church on King Street has a clinic for the homeless. A meal is served, various social services are offered, and free clothing is given away. Do you have clothing that is unused in your closets? A container is in the back of the church for your donations. Clothing should be clean and in good condition. The most popular items are tee shirts and shorts, and they do not accept children's clothing - only adult clothing. It is also possible to volunteer at the clinic. Speak with the rector for more information. This collection is ongoing.
Magazines for the Prisons
St. Mark's collects magazines for distribution to the inmates of Oahu's correctional facilities as part of an ongoing literacy project. Bring to the church your gently used magazines and place them in the collection box at the back of the church. Your unwanted magazines will be a source of enjoyment for our fellow citizens who are not as fortunate and who have fallen upon bad times. This collection is ongoing.
When can I drop off donations?
Donations may be dropped off during any of our service times. Please note that the church is not open all day, and donations should not be left by the front door. The church is always open during service times.