Reach out and make a difference...
Through its Veterans Group, led by Mike McNutt, the Saint Jude's parish community has been a part of Adopt-a-Chaplain outreach program since 2010. Multiple boxes are shipped monthly to one, or sometimes two military Chaplains, to help them in the work they do to support service personnel deployed in the most difficult of circumstances. Direct contact with the chaplains through email enables St. Jude's to respond to changing needs and specific requests.
St. Jude's effort has grown as part from of Adopt-a-Chaplain a program begun in Santa Clara County, but now national, that provides prayer and spiritual support for the Chaplains themselves as well as tangible support to their ministries and the people they serve.
Currently we are supporting Lieutenant Commander Chaplain Mark Tews serving with a Marine Recon Unit in Delaram, Afghanistan.
Previously we supported Major Sarah Shirley, an Episcopal chaplain at Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. She stressed the importance of prayer cards and messages for the men and women she served in the face of the daunting circumstances of the hospital. Lieutenant Commander Michael Pumphrey, USN, was another helped by St. Jude's while deployed in Afghanistan, and 45% of those he served were women.
The chaplains have given us a "shopping list" of most frequently requested items.
Energy bars and power bars
Beef Jerky (big request)
Crystal Light and powder mixes
Individually wrapped candies
Chapstick and sunscreen
Shoe insoles and GoldBond powder
Music CDs of all varieties
DVD movies (comedies and recent releases)
X-Box and Playstation cartridges
Misters (anything to cut the heat!)
Air fresheners (no aerosol)
Beany Babies and small stuffed animals
School supplies for local children
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.