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Thank you for another successful OASIS Christmas Shop!

We want to thank those of you that volunteered your time, hosted toy or coat drives, or made a donation to make this year’s OASIS Christmas Shop a HUGE success. This weekend we were able to offer, free of charge, shopping for every OASIS Food Pantry client with children.118 families attended; representing 372 children.  Each child received two new toys, a coat, hats & gloves, plus a couple of other treats. Thank you for being a blessing to others that needed the encouragement this Christmas. I hope you and yours have the best of holidays!

Gratitude for Blessings

O.A.S.I.S. News Flash – November 24, 2021

We are sending our gratitude for the blessings received at the pantry during this season of Thanksgiving. With combined Boy Scout, Francis Howell HS, and local day care food drives O.A.S.I.S. received more than 15,500 food items. Pick-up, sorting and stacking all those canned food items would not have been possible without help from the Lindenwood Men’s Lacrosse team, Women’s Field Hockey Team and several of our regular volunteers.

Thank you to those who donated food items, the volunteers that picked up items, and the volunteers that sorted and stacked. When we work together, so much can be accomplished to help our neighbors in need.

Happy Thanksgiving!
The O.A.S.I.S. Board of Directors

October 2021 O.A.S.I.S. Quarterly Newsletter

Children’s Summer Food Program.

The 2021 Children’s Summer Food Program concluded at the end of August, with 551 school-aged children receiving additional food during summer months to help reduce their summer food costs. This year O.A.S.I.S. was blessed with free breakfast items from the Salvation Army and Operation Food Search reducing the program cost from $15 to $8 per child. That cost savings enabled the pantry to distribute sliced cheese to families with school-aged children throughout September and October.

Successful Household Bag Drives

A big thank you goes out to Peace and Living Lord Lutheran Churches each for holding successful Household Items drive, donating nearly 200 items. Household items like dish detergent, hand soap, and trash bags are needed to run a household, but cannot be purchased with SNAP funds (food stamps). The pantry and its clients appreciate your generosity and support of this new program.

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Thrift Store – Saturday Volunteer Needed

Sadly, Angie, our Thrift Store Manager, is moving and must give up her volunteer role at the store. Angie did a wonderful job and her shoes will be hard to fill, but fortunately, two Thrift Store volunteers stepped up to begin co-managing store operations starting in November. That being said, the Thrift Store is now short on volunteers for the Saturday opening from 10AM to 3PM. For more information about volunteering at the Thrift Store please call (636)284-8962 or email oasisthriftstorestcharles@gmail.com

O.A.S.I.S. Upcoming Donation Events

  • November 20 Boy Scout Food Drive
  • November 25 Fleet Feet Turkey Trot, St. Charles Arena
  • December 4-5 O.A.S.I.S. Christmas Shop at Hope Lutheran

NOTE: An updated O.A.S.I.S. Shopping List can be found on the web site at https://oasisfoodpantry.com/how-to-help/.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and Thrift Store
Board of Directors

Free Oil Change Days – Oct. 9 & 23

Oil Change For Single Moms and Struggling Families

Free oil change for single parents & low-income families at both Calvary Church’s St. Charles & Mid Rivers Campuses

St. Charles Campus | Saturday, October 9
Time: 9 am – 12 pm
1701 N. 2nd St., St. Charles, MO 63301
REGISTER

Mid Rivers Campus | Saturday, October 23
Time 9 am – 12 pm
3998 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
REGISTER

Appointment Required (Click on the campus link below) We must have the year, make, model and complete vehicle identification number, which can be found on your insurance card or dashboard.

Registration for appointments closes at noon on the Wednesday prior to the oil change date.

July 2021 O.A.S.I.S. Quarterly Newsletter

Children’s Summer Food Program

The Children’s Summer Food Program is in full swing at O.A.S.I.S. The goal of this program is to supplement summer food resources for low-income families with school-age children. Each family with school-aged children visiting the pantry during June, July, and August receives an additional food package to help reduce their summer food costs. Our budget for this program runs about $15 per child and we estimate more than 1,500 children benefit from this program. The 2021 program is sponsored in part by the Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer.

New Household Items Program Initiated at O.A.S.I.S.

As you probably are aware, items like dish detergent, hand soap, and trash bags, are necessary to run a household and are expensive. Unfortunately, these non-food items cannot be purchased with SNAP funds (food stamps).

Last spring O.A.S.I.S. tested a new program to provide household items to clients visiting the pantry. Client response to the new program was very positive and the O.A.S.I.S. board decided to incorporate the Household Items program into the annual budget at about $16 per bag distributed. Your help getting this new program off the ground would be appreciated. Donations of the following items can be dropped off at your church or directly at the food pantry.

  • Paper towels
  • Facial Tissue
  • Dish Detergent
  • Anti-bacterial pump hand soap
  • Resealable plastic storage bags (like Ziploc)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Kitchen trash bags
  • Sponges
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Household Cleaner (like 409)
  • Laundry prewash spray
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper plates

Caring and Sharing

2020 was a tough year for many, but the generosity of our community has been overwhelming. O.A.S.I.S. is grateful for those blessings and also pleased to share our bounty with other outreach organizations. To pay it forward, O.A.S.I.S. donated five cases of canned tuna to God’s Helping Hands in North St. Louis and $2,000 to We Love St. Charles School Backpack program. Together we can do so much!

We thank you and our clients thank you for your continued support to this important community ministry.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and Thrift Store
Board of Directors