Because of the commandment, help the poor, and in their need, do not send them away empty-handed. Ben Sira 29:9
Each year during Advent the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Andrew collects Christmas gifts for needy persons in our community. Parishioners take a tag from the Christmas Tree at the beginning of Advent which contains a name and a wish for a specific person. Parishioners purchase that gift and return it to church and place it under the tree.
But what happens after this point????
Members of St. Vincent de Paul sort the gifts after the last Mass on Collection Sunday. Each tag is color coded and then sorted based upon this color coding. Lists are checked and double checked, packages are loaded for delivery to 4 different agencies for distribution to those who had previously requested these gifts. The Vincentians also have a great time working on this project as you can see below!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all the St. Andrew Parishioners who participated in the Giving Tree Project this year. Once again you have been very generous in serving the poor in our community.
The St. Andrew Conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul addresses the material and spiritual needs of people primarily in the Milford/St. Andrew Parish area. They offer tangible goods, food and financial assistance to the needy. A Vincentian determines the need of the client by personal contact with the persons requesting aid through home visits or appointments. The Society serves as an outreach arm of St. Andrew Parish by accepting donations from parishioners and outside sources and distributing them to people in need.
The Ozanam House (named for the founder of St. Vincent de Paul Society), which is located across the street from the school, is owned by the Parish and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. It is a transitional home for homeless families working to find a solution to their housing problem. The house gives them a period of time to accumulate savings toward rent deposit or down payment and advance toward self-sufficiency in their housing needs. The Ozanam House is not an emergency shelter.
If you are interested in more information on becoming an active member of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Andrew you could talk to a Vincentian or call the Parish Office 513-831-3353.