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Thanksgiving Day Collection

The work of the Vincentians is the Gospel message in action:
I was hungry
I was thirsty
I was a stranger
I was naked
I was sick
I was in prison
And you cared.

A thank-you letter from the SFX St. Vincent de Paul president after the 2009 Thanksgiving Day collection:

"Thank you very much for your generous donations to our annual Thanksgiving Day collection. Your support makes it possible for us to assist the poor and the needy. Your generous donations have continued to come in long after Thanksgiving and into the New Year.

There are two Vincentians 'on call' each month through the Parish Office to respond to people in need. We seek the resolution of problems in the spirit of justice and charity, often going beyond financial needs, to bring closure to longer-term issues facing individuals and their families.

Our St. Vincent de Paul Conference gives vital support to several soup kitchens and food pantries in the Chicago area. We also bring food and support to the home-bound in our Parish and in St. Thomas of Canterbury parish. Through our support thousands of individuals and families are served each and every month.

Your support also enables us to engage in "outreach" activities, such as providing books to the Cook County Jail Library and assisting Emmaus House, in the Uptown area, with its mission to convince young men to leave the streets and rejoin society. You can also see us at work at the Rehab Institute in Chicago, Shoreline Place in Wilmette, and Kolbe House (which provides toiletry items to those in Cook County Jail).

Thank you again for your financial support of the St. Vincent de Paul mission to assist the poor and the needy. If you know of someone who might want to join St. Vincent de Paul, then we would be glad to have them contact us. If you know of someone who might need assistance from St. Vincent de Paul, then we would be glad to help them. We would appreciate your prayers, too."


Peter Keller

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