Blessings Box

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St Paul’s has a Blessing Box and our commitment is to fill it twice a day every day of the year.  We fill it with dry goods and food staples and with toiletries that people need, but can’t afford.  We subsidize other food sources for neighbourhood individuals and families who may never have enough to eat, and who may be temporarily lacking in money for food. There are many reasons these days for food insecurity. Our blessing box is close at hand with food for those who can only infrequently access food banks and free meals.  The blessing box is filled for everyone who needs it and no questions are asked.  

We are totally volunteer-run and we totally depend on donations of food and money to keep going.  Food donations may be dropped off at the church any time when the church office is open or church services are running. There is a list of suggested food items in the church front hall where food is stored.  Financial donations may be made payable to St Paul’s Anglican Church (for blessing box). 

A Blessing Box is a blessing for those able to give, and a blessing for those needing to receive.

Please bring in your products and leave them in the large blue bin that is on the floor in the entranceway (the narthex) of the church.
The blessing box is stocked twice-daily from the bin.
Blessings Box WISH LIST

Non-Perishable Foods: Pasta, Rice, Dried Soup Mix, Crackers,

Granola, Cereals, Protein Bars, Dried Fruit,

Hot Chocolate Mix, Tea / Coffee, Coffee Whitener,

Artificial Sweetener, Canned Goods 

Personal Hygiene Items: Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shampoo Bar, Bandaids,

Lip Balms, Plastic Combs / Hair Brushes, Toothbrushes,

Pads, Tampons, Panty Liners

Gently Used Clothing: Scarves, Warm Hats, Mitts/Gloves, Neck Warmers,

* Underwear, Socks * [*NEW, IN PACKAGE ONLY!]

Gift Cards: in any denomination to Home Improvement Stores like HomeDepot/Home Hardware, or Department Stores like Wal-Mart, are also gratefully accepted!  We have dedicated volunteers who will then shop for what is most needed on your behalf.

Neighbourhood Picnic and RFDA Food-Raiser


Friends and neighbours picnic and food-rasier for the RFDA


Help us fill every square of our labyrinth with food!

Hot dogs! Ice Cream! Cotton Candy! Popcorn!
Bouncy castle, games and prizes!
Face painting, bubbles and sidewalk art!

ALL FREE with your non-perishable donations for RFDA!
Our goal is to fill every brick in our labyrinth with non-perishable items for those in Thunder Bay that need help putting food on the table.

Picnic is open to EVERYONE! You do NOT have to be a member of St. Paul's!

Drop in! Bring your family and friends!

Date: Sunday, June 21 RAIN OR SHINE!
Time: 11:30 am or 6:00 pm
Where: St. Paul's Anglican Church
808 Ridgeway Street (across from the former McKellar Hospital)
Cost: please bring a donation for the RFDA



Help Us Help Others!


If you are able, a donation for non-perishable food for the RFDA is greatly appreciated
drop in - no registration required 

Did you know that in any given month the RFDA will provide for the needs of over 13,000 people with a hamper containing 3-5 days of groceries?

Food insecurity is a sad reality for many in our community.  Collecting food for the RFDA is one of St. Paul's on-going missions.  That's why some of our workshops request a food donation for the RFDA as part of the "cost" of registration.

Planning a visit to St. Paul's?  Consider bringing a non-perishable food donation with you!

At our annual Blessing of the Animals St. Francis service, we raised $339.25 from generous free-will offerings and in donations of glass paw-print suncatchers Leigh Neilson makes every year.  [Leigh is parishioner and one of the founders of the ‘Feeding Program for The Northern Dogs’ which is the second of the 2 charities we supported again this year.  We’ve had a donation jar on the table for the last 2 weeks and half of the suncatchers have sold.


So ‘Kitty Kare’ and the ‘Northern Dogs Feeing Program’ each got a cheque for $175 [St. Paul’s donated the extra $12.75


Huge thank you to everyone that supported this initiative and see you at next year’s Blessing of the Animals service.


Sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Men’s Breakfast Group’s 14th annual Charity Fish Fry. It was our most successful to date, raising more than $5,300 in proceeds from ticket sales, donations, and community sponsorship. Combined with the proceeds with our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, we raised $6,000 to split between the Underground Gym and Grace Place. The Underground Gym that provides an after school program for at-risk youth is so grateful for our support each year, and it is with great gratification we are able to support Grace Place and their street ministries serving the poor, the homeless, and the marginalized. It is a real pleasure and privilege to be able to raise these funds and help towards the outstanding work these two organizations do in our community. And you all have made this possible!

Our parish picnic and food raiser was a wonderful day! Look at all the donated food displayed on our parish labyrinth. Over 1500 pounds was given to the RFDA for local food banks. Thank you all!


Our Syrian Refugee Family

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Donations are welcome and all donors will receive a charitable donation receipt. Cheques may be made out to St Paul’s Anglican Church- note for Syrian Refugees.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help the new refugees with Housing, Finances, Daily Living, Education, Health, Employment. Translators will be available. Transportation and accompaniment services will be needed in all group areas.

St. Paul’s is a member of Thunder Bay’s
Inter-church Syrian Refugee Committee.
We have a committed parish refugee committee of 8 to 10 persons, and more are welcome. We will post meeting dates in 'The  Ambassador'.
As a 'constituent member' of the Inter-church committee, we are sharing responsibility for supporting 8 Syrian refugees for one year. Our application has been accepted and we are eagerly waiting for our family to be assigned to us, and to arrive.

If you would like to help,
please call Committee Chair
Alison Arthur, 622-9129

For more information or to register for any workshop
please contact  Laurie @ 707-3048 or email

Helping Others