Warmth and comfort
Many people immediately associate St. Vincent de Paul’s nonprofit network with Christmas, but its work continues year-round.
Those annual holiday food and toy distributions have long been a Yuletide feature. The Cincinnati affiliate, for example, provided more than 1,000 Christmas meals this year to needy people, with contributions from food drives at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, St. Rose Church, and St. Xavier High School.
Yet the hungry certainly aren’t forgotten throughout the year, however. In Dayton, St. Vincent de Paul is that community’s leader in food distribution, operating Dayton’s largest network of food pantries.
A current priority is helping the poor cope with bitter cold. St. Vincent de Paul Dayton kept open its two Gateway homeless shelters – one for women and children, one for men – on an all-day basis during the past week’s cold wave. Its Cincinnati counterpart will hold a coat distribution from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Ursula Academy, 1339 E. McMillan Street.
St. Vincent de Paul organizations are among the beneficiaries of One Faith, One Hope, One Love, through rebate funds shared by individual parishes. Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, St. Columban in Loveland, and St. John the Evangelist in West Chester are parishes that have donated part of their campaign share to local Vincent de Paul charities.
Please pray for the poor and for the efforts of these worthy organizations!
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