To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region continues to be plagued by a slow economy, cuts in public assistance programs, and high unemployment. As such, the charitable programs of St. Vincent de Paul are needed more and more.
We have been successful in increasing our mission of charity to meet the need. The food pantry was able to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to almost 800 families. Our financial assistance program continues to help folks pay over $125,000 of rent, utilities, heat and car repairs. The Children's Foundation will assist over 1,000 children this Christmas. The thrift store gives away $20,000 of clothing, furniture, and household items.
The donations that you give allows us to help make many families' lives more comfortable. Your monetary, clothing, furniture, and food gifts are used in our various programs to help the community. Also, your shopping at our thrift store brings needed revenue. These programs are extensive and reach local schools, the elderly, and especially families that are struggling with low-paying jobs, high heating and fuel costs, and increasing rents.
Our programs are very well staffed and managed thanks to all 125 of our volunteers. They are dedicated and committed to our cause in helping those in need. They come from all walks of life and all ages. However, with our works continuing to grow, we still need and could use more help. Why don't you join us? You'll work hard, but have great fun and make lasting friendships.
Thank you for all your support through the years. We appreciate all you do regardless of the type and amount. The community appreciates it as well.
So come and meet new friends as a volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul. Give me a call at 524-5470 or check our website, www.svdplaconia.org. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Erika Johnson, President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia