St. Vincent de Paul
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society relies on donations from our parish family, members of the community, the Salvation Army, and other local organizations to help those in need. Throughout the Panther Valley area, we have posted flyers advertising our emergency food pantry services. Those in need simply pull a tab from the flyer and call the parish office. They will receive a return phone call from one of our members, who will assess their needs and deliver food to their door.
We want to thank everyone for their continued support of our mission. Because of your generosity, the 2018 Thanksgiving collection added $2,429.41 to our checking account, which will help us heat homes, purchase warm coats for children, and feed families in their time of need. We are also thankful for you beneficence during the Christmas season! The donations that we received for the Giving Tree were above and beyond anything that we expected.
2018 was a busy year for us, but unwavering support from the community and our parish helped us to achieve much more than we thought possible.
At the quarterly Stand Down events, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers prepared and provided a hot meal for nearly 800 individuals.
We visited 717 homes where we were able to assist 1,238 individuals in the Panther Valley area. We provided food, furniture, clothing, school supplies, oil, winter coats, and many other forms of assistance that were needed.
We delivered Christmas baskets which included turkey and all the fixings, gift and new clothing for the children, new towels, and a house household item such as a toaster or a crock pot. These baskets benefitted fifteen families and fifty-four children in our community.
We attended community outreach events and hosted food drives at local supermarkets. We forged partnerships with the Salvation Army, local food pantries, VALOR Clinic Foundation, St. Luke’s, and countless other community organizations who all share our goal of helping our neighbors in need.
2019 will be another busy year for us as we hope to reach more people and find more effective ways to serve their needs better. If you would like to become involved, we typically hold our meetings in the parish social hall on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Like and follow our Facebook page for updates!
Next Stand Down Day – Saturday, February 16, 2019. Click here for a printable flyer to share.
Christine LeClair – President
Jay Horvath – Vice-President
Marie Nihen – Treasurer
April MacDonald – Secretary
Mary Ellen Ogozalek
Mary Helen Shelton
Mary Heintzelman Kruzik
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help! Donations are accepted in the form of cash, check, grocery store gift cards, food items, and toiletries. Please contact the parish office to schedule the drop-off or pick up of food or toiletries. Monetary or gift card donations can be placed in the collection basket at any Mass or mailed to 118 North Market Street, Summit Hill, PA 18250.
If you would like to become involved, we typically hold our meetings in the parish social hall on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Food items that we are currently low on include: cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stove top stuffing, fruit juices, and soup.
Toiletry items that we currently need include toothbrushes, toothpaste (adult and child), toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, baby wash, diaper cream, and diapers.