Ways to Help During the Pandemic

Many people are suffering during this pandemic, and not only those who are sick. Virus-related disruptions will cause hardships for our neighbors. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to serve Christ in the poor and vulnerable.

  • Check in with your neighbors, fellow parishioners you know, friends, family members, and others who may need assistance, especially those who are most vulnerable during this time (e.g. the homebound and the elderly). Share prayers, words of encouragement, and any concrete aid that you can. This could include shopping, picking up prescriptions, providing meals, helping with childcare, or financial assistance. If you can’t help them yourself, direct them to these resources or others in our community.
  • Our parish and school will continue to have financial needs during the pandemic. In fact, we may have to rely on parishioners’ generosity even more in order to provide aid to those seeking assistance. If you will not be able to give in person, please give online. Thank you!
  • If you have an idea about how parishioners can help each other during this time of disruption, or if you want to serve, please take the initiative! Contact Cory Lakatos at the parish office to discuss how the parish can facilitate your efforts (clakatos@oll.org, 616-399-1062).
  • Donate to the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) so our diocesan ministries can continue to serve needy families and individuals.
  • Give toward Catholic Relief Services’ anti-coronavirus efforts, and/or give to the CRS Rice Bowl to help feed the hungry.
  • Help with your local public school’s food distribution program (West Ottawa, Holland Public, or Zeeland Public). St. Francis de Sales Parish is a distribution center for Holland Public Schools, and you can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Kids’ Food Basket. To view their wish list, click here, or click here to donate online.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Meals on Wheels, which will continue to provide meals during this situation.
  • Donate food and other items to the St. Vincent de Paul Center by bringing them to the St. Francis de Sales parking lot between 9 and 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Donate financially to the Holland Rescue Mission, volunteer to care for children, or give tangible goods that the shelter needs: Vitamin C in any form, Pedialyte, boxes of Kleenex, digital quick-read thermometers (skin touch or ear), masks, hand sanitizer and wipes, and nonperishable pantry items.
  • Volunteer with or donate to the Ottawa County COVID-19 Response.
  • Donate needed supplies to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, including hand-made face masks.
  • During this time of fear and anxiety, share the peace and hope you have in Christ with your family, friends, and other people you know.