Society's St. Bernard Conference helps record turnout at Christmas distribution
The bad economy resulted in the largest Christmas distribution ever for the Society's St. Bernard Conference last Saturday, as the line of people was visible far down the residential block.
Close to 200 families turned out on a beautiful weekend afternoon to pick up grocery vouchers and new wrapped toys so that they could experience a blessed Christmas meal and smiles on the children's faces on December 25.
Besides the gifts, children also got to select an extra toy from the long line of unwrapped gifts on tables in the room, and visit with Santa Claus, whose elf was also passing out gifts.
Upon leaving the building, each child and adult enjoyed a free hot dog, nachos and beverage before heading home for the afternoon.
"This is the most we've helped at Christmas. It just shows you that times are still rough for many people in our community. I pray that our assistance will help make Christmas a little brighter for the children and families who don't have much this year," said Agnes Coughlin, president of the Society's St. Bernard Conference.
Coughlin thanks her 'Vincentian' volunteers and donors for supporting this wonderful event.
Photos (top to bottom): Families patiently wait in line to receive grocery vouchers and toys; St. Bernard Conference President Agnes Coughlin helps a family at the distribution; Some children can't resist visiting Santa Claus on their way out.