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2017 News

 

Lenten 2017 Summa

Who will excuse us before God for the loss of such a great number of people, who could be saved by the slight assistance we could give them?

-St. Vincent De Paul

We continue to collect cold weather accessories through February 12th for distribution to local people in need of these items. These seem so slight and small, but here is where it is being put to use.

The police department keeps items in their cars to distribute when the need arises, and they have distributed quite a bit this winter with all of the snow. St. Anne’s Episcopal has a program where homeless can safely park and camp in their cars overnight, their need has been very big this year.

Schools help children who are not properly clothed for the weather conditions. Our parish is amazingly gracious in all that they do with St. Vincent De Paul. Our drives always fulfill a great need in a very seemingly slight way. Your food, clothing, prayers and monies make a big impact here in Camas and Washougal. Thank you for your dedication to these very worthy causes.

A special thank you to Helen Sentesy and Marilyn Casteel for the many years of their service with our St. Thomas Aquinas Conference. Both have announced their retirement. They will be missed at our monthly meetings but will always have their presence felt around our work, both at the parish and through their prayers.

 

2016 News

September Summa

This year you brought into our school community 52 backpacks and a total of 710 individual miscellaneous items (paper, pens, pencils, etc.). The total value of your donations was $1,167. This donation to the school program brought both gratitude and enthusiasm upon our delivery. The staff working with the program was amazed at the amount of items we were able to contribute to the schools. Thank you parishioners, for your incredible generosity.

Last Chance!! It is not to late to get involved with the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run on Saturday, September 24. We need volunteers to help both in the registration process and along the route. Teens who are looking for service hours are encouraged to help out.

5k Walk Run begins and ends at the Proto Cathedral of St James the Greater and visits the Columbia River waterfront and the Ft Vancouver Historic Area.

Columbia St
Vancouver WA 98660
September 24 at 9:00 AM
Registration begins at 7:30 AM

Please contact Helen Sentesy with questions (360) 834-4824. Donate to the team, or walk with us. Sign up on our website: www.svdpstthomas.com

Summer Summa

Corpus Christi is a day when Catholics show love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which to show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them. We all participated in this very special opportunity in June.

Every day, attending to the needy and suffering, a Vincentian ministers to Jesus Christ himself. As Vincentians we are called to go out to the poor in our local community and bring to them the love of Christ, through our work. Vincentian ministry is a means for acquiring holiness. Here are several ways that you can continue to bring Christ’s love forward with us.

The Friends of the Poor Walk/Run is Saturday, September 24, 2016. Our presence in downtown Vancouver to raise funds for the needy, both locally and throughout the world, brings the love of Christ into our streets. Consider joining our team  “Tommies Tennies” this year and walk with us. Consider a monetary sponsorship for our team. Find information about the event through our website: www. svdpstthomas.com

Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, needs corporate sponsors to be successful. If you are a business owner or know one who is looking to support such an event please leave a message for St. Vincent de Paul at the parish office. (360) 834-2126

There are several levels of support available to choose from, the community will recognize this group as supporting the St. Vincent De Paul ministry.

Please consider working as a member of our team as yet another way to bring Christ’s love forward to our local people living in poverty. We are always looking to add members to work directly with our clients. Contact: Anita at scottburkard@comcast.net or leave a message for her at the parish office: (360) 834-2126

Lenten Summa: March 2016

Carl’s Jr., on March 13 th , donated ALL of its proceeds for the day to St. Vincent DePaul and the Clark County Food Bank. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants in Vancouver partnered with King’s Way Christian Schools and Seton Catholic High School to help alleviate hunger here in Clark County. This is truly an amazing gift from the organizers and Clark County Carl’s Jr. businesses.

Thank you from our members and from all of those in need who will benefit from this generous gift, we couldn’t be more grateful. Lent is the perfect time to reflect on how you can offer your time and resources to one of your St. Thomas missions.

We are in need of members who will work directly with our clients. Taking calls and offering assistance is such a rewarding role, one that puts you directly with our clients. Please talk to Anita Burkard or one of our members with your questions.

scottburkard@comcast.net or  (360) 834-2126 ext. 251

 

Lenten Summa: February 2016

Lent is upon us. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls will be available soon, rice bowl contributions help local charities as well as those overseas. Twenty-five percent of these gifts remain in each U.S. diocese where they were given, for hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in those communities, ours included. Catholic Relief Services has a website with information on the Rice Bowl Program for anyone wanting to learn more. http://www.crsricebowl.org/

We would like to extend a special thank you to Grace Simington who has been our first responder for St. Vincent de Paul for six years. She is a dedicated worker that we are sad so see leave.Thank you so much Grace!

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Grace Simington

Regina Searle will be working as our first responder moving forward. She and her husband Tom are new to our parish and are ready to jump in and get involved in the Saint Vincent de Paul ministry.

We can always use more help working with clients. Please contact Anita Burkard with questions: 360-833-8786 or scottburkard@comcast.net

The school backpack program is in progress all year and donations to the barrel in the back of the church are greatly needed. Please remember that we can only accept non-perishable food items in that bin. Any clothing, electronic items, or food that will spoil we cannot use. We are grateful for your generosity.

2015 News

3rd Annual St Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk/Run.

Vancouver Washington

Columbia
Vancouver WA 98660
September 26 at 9:00 AM
Registration begins at 7:30 AM

Contact: John Schaffers 360 694 5388STSVDP
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Conference members.
The Friends of the Poor®Walk/Run is a national program that provides funding for local Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conferences and Councils. Funds raised from these events remain local, allowing local SVdP Conferences/Councils to provide emergency assistance to those in need, regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender. Last year, over 4,500 SVdP Conferences and Councils provided 11.5 million service hours to help almost 15 million people in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Vincent De Paul – January 2015

Thank you for your overwhelming generosity during our ‘Giving Tree’ food and gift drive in December. We aided 25 families in the local community to have a cheerful Christmas. Tags on the tree totaled 443, and 109 people were served. When our families arrive to pick up their food and gifts they are astounded by what they receive and are unable to find words to express their gratitude.

A very special thanks goes to Fr. Oakland for his support during Gifting Day. He is amazing and such a pleasure to have with us on this very special day.

The number of people in need grows every year, 2015 will not be any different. Every third Sunday of each month we take up our collection, Vincentians and Knights of Columbus will be available at end of all masses. Our website is available for single time and monthly donations.

Please consider a vocation in 2015 to serve our community with your time.  If you are interested in volunteering for our St. Vincent de Paul Conference, please contact our President, Anita Burkard at 360-833-8786.

Our ‘Non-Perishable Food Only’ barrel is located in the back of the church for food donations only. All clothing and other donations may be taken to Treasure House.

Website: www.svdpstthomas.com

May God bless you and your families in the New Year!

 

2014 News

Saint Vincent De Paul – December 2014

St. Vincent de Paul

We are welcoming in 2015! A new year filled with new opportunities awaits all of us! Thank you to our incredibly generous parishioners for bringing Christmas to some our families for which we offer our support. They are forever grateful for your gifts and are overwhelmed with St. Thomas’s work in their lives especially around Christmastime. You all are truly a blessing!

We would love to have you as a member if you would enjoy giving “hands on” support to our clients. Working with people in need, as a team, and answering phone calls is what our volunteers do.  The Church calls on us to give of ourselves: time, talent and treasure. Start the year 2015 giving support to your community by giving some of your time. Feel free to talk to any of our officers, or members, or contact Anita Burkard to join us at one of our monthly meetings to learn more about what you are capable of doing. Anita Burkard: 360-833-8786 or scottburkard@comcast.net. Visit us on our webpage: www.svdpstthomas.com

The officers for the St. Thomas Conference in 2015 are as follows: President-Anita Burkard, Vice-President-Marilyn Casteel, Treasurer-Cheryl Wandro, and Secretary-Elisa Hynds.

Saint Vincent De Paul – November  2014

Dear Parish Family,

Our “Gifting Tree” went up in the Church vestibule on Sunday, November 16th and will be stationed there through December 7th.  Please take tags from the tree, purchase and wrap the gifts with the tag taken form the tree clearly visible on the gift. Place the gifted items into the Christmas box in the church, before December 7th.

On behalf of the members of St. Vincent de Paul, we wish to thank you for your continued generous support of the work that we do in the Camas and Washougal community. We appreciate your donations collected the third weekend of each month, as well as your trust in us to use your donations to their fullest potential.

We support the East County Family Resource Center through your food donations to our “barrel” each week, as well as providing meat to this center.

We receive approximately 110 calls or so each month with people asking for various degrees of help.  Many of our local agencies do not have the funds to help people and it is your monthly generosity that helps us to continue helping people in need.

It is truly a blessing when we answer the call to people in need and are able to help them and bring them peace of mind. We help them pay rent or utilities, provide gas vouchers to get to work or a doctor appointment, provide a hotel room to give them shelter from the elements, or provide a food card or bus pass when needed.

We are always looking for volunteers to take calls and if this is something you might like to do, please contact Anita Burkard at scottburkard@comcast.net or 360-833-8786, and come visit one of our meetings to meet our crew.

We truly appreciate your continued generous support each month.  May God bless each and every one of you!

Saint Vincent De Paul – September 2014

St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day is on September 27th.

What is the St. Vincent de Paul organization? The purpose of the Society today is to help those most in need to become as self-sufficient as possible.  It is the personalized involvement of its members that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. Vincentians deliver food, visit shut-ins, purchase personal care items, clothing and furniture, provide transportation, and assist in many other ways. As members of local parishes they perform their charity in parish groups known as “Conferences”. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

Our Conference answers an average of 110 calls per month with a team of just six members. We are busy.

We need help and the Holidays will be here soon. Our job is very flexible. Prayerfully consider a vocation to assist local people as a member of our St. Thomas Parish Conference. We bring hope to the lives of others. Call or email: Anita Burkard at: 360-833-8786 or scottburkard@comcast.net

Charity is the cement that binds Communities to God and persons to one another.

-St Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent De Paul – August 2014

Prayerfully consider working with families and individuals in our community. We NEED people willing to serve those living in poverty. Please contact Anita Burkard at: 360-833-8786 or, scottburkard@comcast.net.

This year’s School Supply Drive is finished on August 10th. Backpacks are very much needed, as they are the most difficult purchase for many of the families. Please bring your donations to the parish at the masses or to the office during the week. Thank You in advance for helping these families.

Walk/Run with our team “Tommies Tennies” on September 20th. Register online at . Last year everyone had a great time, got some exercise, met other members of other Clark County Conferences and parishes. If you cannot make it please consider sponsoring our team. Here is how:

  • Go to the “Friends of the Poor” web site:
  • Click on the “Donations” link at top of page, and “Donate to Walker”.
  • Search for Helen Sentesy, our Team Administrator.  Click on her name and scroll down.
  • The SVDP Online Credit Card page is easy and secure.

Saint Vincent De Paul – March 2014

Not only does St. Vincent de Paul respond to clients by directly supplementing bills, rent, food and transportation when needed, we educate ourselves as to the many community resources available to families when it is beyond our scope to provide assistance. For instance, we do not provide medical assistance, mental health assistance, childcare, tutoring, or housing.

Open House Ministries is a temporary housing facility in Vancouver that takes in homeless families from our area. They provide not only transitional housing, but case management, work skills development, continuing education, childcare, family and addiction counseling. Part of their mission is to help homeless families to restore healthy relationships with each other, with the community and with Christ.

We not only are able to refer clients to Open House Ministries but we are able to help serve these families through “in kind” donations. This year they will need backpacks and hygiene items. Various times throughout the year we have drives for these. The Parishioners at St. Thomas continually provide much needed items to organizations such as these; this is where your contributions mean so much. Christ finds such beautiful ways to serve the community.

The Vincentians at St. Thomas are supporting the Knights of Columbus drive called “40 Cans for 40 Days.”  For each of the 40 days of Lent, you are invited to bring a can of food to the church (or all at once each Sunday) and leave it in the collection barrel as you enter church.  This corporal work of mercy promotes solidarity with those in need and constantly reminds us of the needs of others.  We will be taking this food to the East County Resource Center in Washougal.

Prayerfully consider working directly with our clients. We NEED people willing to serve those living in poverty. If our story speaks to you please contact Anita Burkard at: 360-8786 or, scottburkard@comcast.net.

Saint Vincent De Paul – Jan 2014

Dear Parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas,

In 2014, please check out our website for the local conference here at St. Thomas. Parishioners are encouraged to learn about what Saint Vincent de Paul is all about, as well as to learn about our local conference’s projects and events.  Learn about several of our local charities that we partner with whilst fulfilling our mission. Learn about how we help this community.

The webpage allows for easy, secure, monetary (checking, credit and debit) donations to be made through the site! Access the site directly at: www.svdpStThomas.com. Access is also available though the St. Thomas Parish webpage: stthomascamas.org. We will continue to collect donations on the third weekend of the month after all of the masses. Thank you to all of our parishioners who are currently taking advantage of the website.

Thank you for your overwhelming generosity during our ‘Giving Tree’ food and gift drive at Christmas, and for your generous support year after year of this very important drive to help people in our community.  You certainly exemplify the love of Jesus Christ and the true meaning of charity. Because of your abundant support, we were able to help 25 families in the local community have a Christmas far beyond what they had expected. With a total of 398 tags on the tree, 104 people were served. As in years past, when many of these families arrive to pick up their food and gifts, they are astounded by what they receive and are unable to find words to express their gratitude.

A very special thanks goes to Fr. Oakland for his support during Gifting Day. He is amazing and such a pleasure to have with us on this very special day.

Every year, the number of people in need grows, 2014 will not be any different.  Please consider a vocation in 2014 to serve our community with your time.  If you are interested in volunteering for our St. Vincent de Paul Conference, please contact our President, Anita Burkard at 360-833-8786.

May God bless you and your families in the New Year!

 

2013 News

Saint Vincent De Paul – Nov 2013

Our giving tree is up! Last year our parish family was able to help 24 families in the local community have a Christmas far beyond what they had expected, with the total of 339 tags on our tree. Each year the need grows. Thank you for supporting this beautiful tradition.

Saint Vincent De Paul – Sept / Oct 2013

St. Vincent De Paul

Thank You! Our parishioners, at an estimated value of $870, donated twenty-
nine bags of food in August. The parish donated a total of $1,075 of school supplies during our drive. $745 went to Treasure House and $330 went to East County Family Resource Center. Three to four boxes of new and gently used school supplies and 2 backpacks, donated to the Guild’s rummage sale, were given to St. Vincent de Paul for local kids.

Saint Vincent De Paul – August 2013

The month of August we praise the true gift that our parishioners are in service to those living in poverty. The following case represents the kind of work you do, through Saint Vincent de Paul, for those suffering in both our own parish and the immediate community. This scenario is common.

A young father called the St. Vincent’s phone line asking for rental assistance. He was married with 5 children. He had a good job, but his wife had fallen into substance abuse. Because of the choices she made, it was necessary for this young man to take off work to take care of the children. He was not paid for the time he spent at home, nearly 3 weeks, but thankfully was not fired.  We spoke with his landlord and the landlord said he had been an excellent tenant and did not want to evict him. To help his family, his sister quit her part-time job to help him with the children. His mother also pitched in to help with the running of the house and care of the children. We had a home visit with the young man and were able to meet his children and his sister and mother.  Before we ended our visit, we sat with him at the kitchen table and prayed. We did help them with their rent. This young man was an inspiration. Through his love and tenaciousness he was able to provide security and stability to his family and to continue to support his wife in her recovery.

Our work has been challenging this year due to continual economic downturn. Our manpower and resources are insufficient to undertake assistance for all of those that are in true need of our assistance.

You make a difference in the lives of families. Prayerfully consider using the Saint Vincent de Paul website available for monthly donations. It is convenient and secure to make a monthly commitment. www.svdpstthomas.com The third weekend masses of every month our buckets are also available for collections. Our food donation bucket is always available for donations and placed in the vestibule the first weekend of every month; protein items and cereal are our greatest needs.

Prayerfully consider working directly with our clients. We NEED people willing to serve those living in poverty. If our story speaks to you please contact Anita Burkard at: 360-8786 or, scottburkard@comcast.net.

Please see the weekly bulletin for updates on this year’s school supply drive and Weekend Food Program. Walk/Run with our team, Tommies Tennies, on September 28th. Register online at www.svdpusa.net/fop.

 

Saint Vincent De Paul – July 2013

The month of August we praise the true gift that our parishioners are in service to those living in poverty. The following case represents the kind of work you do, through Saint Vincent de Paul, for those suffering in both our own parish and the immediate community. This scenario is common.

A young father called the St. Vincent’s phone line asking for rental assistance. He was married with 5 children. He had a good job, but his wife had fallen into substance abuse. Because of the choices she made, it was necessary for this young man to take off work to take care of the children. He was not paid for the time he spent at home, nearly 3 weeks, but thankfully was not fired.  We spoke with his landlord and the landlord said he had been an excellent tenant and did not want to evict him. To help his family, his sister quit her part-time job to help him with the children. His mother also pitched in to help with the running of the house and care of the children. We had a home visit with the young man and were able to meet his children and his sister and mother.  Before we ended our visit, we sat with him at the kitchen table and prayed. We did help them with their rent. This young man was an inspiration. Through his love and tenaciousness he was able to provide security and stability to his family and to continue to support his wife in her recovery.

Our work has been challenging this year due to continual economic downturn. Our manpower and resources are insufficient to undertake assistance for all of those that are in true need of our assistance.

You make a difference in the lives of families. Prayerfully consider using the Saint Vincent de Paul website available for monthly donations. It is convenient and secure to make a monthly commitment. www.svdpstthomas.com The third weekend masses of every month our buckets are also available for collections. Our food donation bucket is always available for donations and placed in the vestibule the first weekend of every month; protein items and cereal are our greatest needs.

Prayerfully consider working directly with our clients. We NEED people willing to serve those living in poverty. If our story speaks to you please contact Anita Burkard at: 360-8786 or, scottburkard@comcast.net.

Please see the weekly bulletin for updates on this year’s school supply drive and Weekend Food Program. Walk/Run with our team, Tommies Tennies, on September 28th. Register online at www.svdpusa.net/fop.

 

Saint Vincent De Paul – June 2013

The Baby Bottle Drive for the Community Pregnancy Clinic of Camas and Washougal raised a total of $1147 through the St. Thomas Parish. This is one of the major fundraisers for our local clinic and is used to provide services that include pregnancy tests, ultrasound examination, confidential counseling, childbirth education, past abortion recovery and much more.

The “Ozanam Orientation” presented by the Columbia River District Council was conducted at St. Thomas Parish on April 6. Twenty-Six Vincentians from Clark County were in attendance. We learned that the number one purpose of the society is to grow in holiness. Our Core values were reinforced: Holiness of Life, Service of the Poor, Humility, Simplicity, Charity and Justice, Friendship. Our virtues, much the same: Simplicity, Humility, Gentleness, Selflessness, and Zeal.

We were able to learn in depth how the Society was started and who inspired the creation of it. Our inspiration started with The Prophets of the Old Testament. “Rescue the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17) Christ later tells us “Give to everyone who begs from you.” (Matthew 5:42)

August 23rd 1833, Frederick Ozanam and some of his college companions, with Sr. Rosalie Rendu, formed the Conference of Charity; in 1834 the Conference adopted St. Vincent de Paul as their patron. Where was the first conference in the United States? St. Louis, Missouri. Where was the first conference here in the Northwest? Right here in Portland in 1869.

Currently our National President’s vision for the Society is to end poverty through “Systemic Change.” Our task, to assist those living in poverty, is to identify the root cause of their poverty, to help to change the overall structure of their lives in which they live. Here we go beyond providing just the basic necessities to alleviate poverty; we look for the key that can prevent a person from moving deeper into poverty.

Our Ozanam orientation’s closing prayer: O God, your love ignites our hearts, captures our imaginations, shapes our dreams, and awakens possibilities. Make us disciples on fire with your love so that we can become true followers of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Help us, O God, to enkindle in others a sense of hope that transformation is possible…and give us the grace to transmit to others the fire of their charism.

St. Vincent dePaul – March 2013

Catholics the world over praise God for the selection of our new Pope Francis I this past month.  His pursuit of a simple life and dedication to the poor are a beacon to us all.  Vincentians will strive to give, in the same humble manner, to those in need as our new Pontiff.

The Columbia River District Council will be presenting the “Ozanam Orientation” on April 6.  St. Thomas Parish will be hosting.  This program is designed for Vincentians, whether a member of the Society for 3 days or 30 years.  We invite anyone considering joining the Vincentians to join us.  For those who are interested in attending, please contact Anita Burkhard at 833-8767 orscottburkard@comcast.net.

Vincentians were hard at work in Staten Island, N.Y. January 2013. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was the FIRST responder after Sandy devastated Staten Island.  Families lost everything in this disaster and the local Conference worked nonstop distributing essentials items such as: personal care items, basic clothing, flashlights, cleaning supplies and much more.  Thousands of people received help from these emergency relief efforts.  Hot meals were served from a 42-foot-long mobile kitchen.  Long-term recovery assistance had Vincentians walking door-to-door working face-to-face with the survivors, to determine their personal needs.

We will hopefully never see this type of devastation here in Northwest. This is a shining example of the difference Vincentians make in our world.  Chapters the world over offer support to those in need in both massive levels and in local, small communities everywhere.  Families in need in Camas/Washougal receive so much from our St. Thomas Chapter.   Thank you for being a part of the work here.

 

“The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.” -St. John of the Cross

St. Vincent dePaul – February 2013

Lent is here and is a time for reflection and sacrifice.  The Catholic Lenten traditions help us to focus our prayers and thoughts to those living in poverty. Fasting can help us realize the suffering that so many people in our world experience every day, and it should lead us to greater efforts to alleviate that suffering.The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting without changing our behavior is not pleasing to God. “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own” (Is 58:6-7).

Abstaining from meat traditionally also linked us to the poor, who could seldom afford meat for their meals. It can do the same today if we remember the purpose of abstinence and embrace it as a spiritual link to those whose diets are sparse and simple.

 

Almsgiving.  It is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given to us.

 

Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.

 

We have been thrilled to see that our webpage is getting utilized!  We have received donations.  Thank You!  Lots of great information is available from this page.  Please visit us atwww.svdpstthomas.com.

 

One final thought from St. Vincent de Paul.  “The poor are your masters. You are the servant.”

-St. Vincent dePaul

 

St. Vincent dePaul –  January 2013

Dear Parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas,The New Year rings in our website for the local conference here at St. Thomas.  Complete information about the many ways to donate to our conference, including the newest “car donation” program, are offered. Parishioners can learn about what Saint Vincent de Paul is all about, as well as read about our local conference’s projects and events.  Several of our local charities, that we partner with whilst fulfilling our mission, are listed.The webpage allows for easy, secure, monetary (checking, credit and debit) donations to be made through the site! Access the site directly at: www.svdpStThomas.com Access is also available though the St. Thomas Parish webpage. We will, however, continue to collect donations on the third weekend of the month after all of the masses.Thank you for your overwhelming generosity during our ‘Giving Tree’ food and gift drive at Christmas. We cannot thank you enough for your generous support year after year of this very important drive to help people in our community.  You, the parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas, certainly exemplify the love of Jesus Christ and the true meaning of charity. Because of your abundant support, we were able to help 24 families in the local community have a Christmas far beyond what they had expected. With a total of 339 tags on the tree, 104 people benefited. As in years past, when many of these families arrive to pick up their food and gifts, they are astounded by what they receive and are unable to find words to express their gratitude.

A very special thanks goes to Fr. Oakland for his support during Gifting Day.  He said the opening prayer, helped with every single family (shook everyone’s hand and introduced himself), loaded cars, and said the closing prayer. He was amazing and such a pleasure to have with us!

 

Every year, the number of people in need grows.  2013 will not be any different.  Please consider a vocation in 2013 to serve our community with your time.  If you are interested in volunteering for our St. Vincent de Paul Conference, please contact our President, Anita Burkard at 360-833-8786.

 

May God bless you and your families in the New Year!

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