To The Daily Sun,
At a time of the year that is usually reserved for joy, peace, and love, we witness a world that seems to be captured by misery, war, and hatred. War in the Middle East, terrorism in Paris, Beirut, and numerous other world locations. Gun violence in American schools and cities. Discrimination against Christians, Muslims and Jews. Refugees fleeing harm and persecution seeking safety for their families.
Has the world lost its mind? What has become of the sanctity of the holy days long celebrated during this season? Are there no respites of encouragement to those suffering in the world?
In the midst of such desperation and fear, I think the Lakes Region of New Hampshire stands like a beacon of light to the world. Rather than shunning the poor and desperate, the people of our small community have a long history of rendering assistance to those in need. Rather than building walls to keep out those who are "different," we have accepted, welcomed and assisted the "refugees" from the rest of New Hampshire, the rest of the United States and, even, the world.
I certainly can speak of such from the almost 25 years involvement with the Laconia Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. The amount of food, clothing, furniture, household items, financial assistance with rent, heat, utilities, car repairs, dental work, and Christmas gifts can only be explained by the support the people of the Lakes Region send to us. Not only your food and clothing donations and financial help, but the many hours rendered by a wonderful group of over 125 volunteers.
On behalf of all the people at St. Vincent de Paul, I ask for your continued generosity. If you would like to join our volunteer team, give me a call at 524-5470 or stop in at our offices on Union Ave. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Peace on Earth and good will to all men and women,
Erika Johnson, President
St. Vincent de Paul
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