Dear Caring Friend,
Your compassion and help through St. Vincent de Paul is so important to stop unnecessary suffering in our neighborhood.
When Pope Francis call us – you and me – to be “merciful, like the Father” in this Holy Year of Mercy, I believe he’s thinking of someone like Alicia*…
Alicia, a single mother of three, arrived at our food pantry not long ago, It was before winter had broken. Alicia had no coat. Only a sweater with holes. She wore pant leggings that were so worn you could see through them in some parts. She had no shoes, only badly worn slippers.
She was visibly shivering from the cold.
Carol, a Vincentian volunteer at the pantry, was so moved at the sight of this woman suffering that she took off her own jacket and gave it to Alicia on the spot. Alicia’s face lit up with a radiant smile. she said shew as so grateful for Carol’s kindness.
After meeting Alicia, Carol and her husband, also a Vincentian volunteer, made a home visit to assess needs at Alicia’s rental unit. it was clear the family really needed help so we began assisting them with food, clothes, furnishings, and more.
Carrying out works of mercy like this is the very reason St. Vincent de Paul exists. This is YOUR generosity and compassion in action.
Winter has since broke, but needs remain great – and maybe even more than in winter…
As summer approaches, you see, support for our good works of mercy drop as people take a break form their normal giving routines or leave for vacation.
Unfortunately, this is exactly when we need a extra dose of help! The demand for our services is extremely high right now…
With YOUR support, we can help those in need become self-sufficient by providing emotional and financial support, shelter, clothing, furniture, appliances and permanent housing, just to name a few. We can connect the disadvantaged to invaluable resources – but we need you!
The quickest and most efficient way to address our summer shortfall (when needs are extremely high and gifts to help drop off) is to reach out to our best and most loyal friends – compassionate people like you who understand and are extremely generous about meeting needs.
So, I’m asking for your immediate assistance to get ready for the summer. Your generous assistance will have an impact all summer long, providing critical, life-changing services for the most vulnerable in our community.
Thank you again for your extraordinary efforts to lift up our most vulnerable neighbors, god people who have fallen on hard times… neighbors like Alicia.
May God bless and keep you and your loved ones throughout the summer.
With deep gratitude,