Tuesday, December 22, 2009

St. Madeleine Conference brings joy & relief to families in need



This Christmas, many families in "one of the poorest sections of Pomona" sought assistance because "the head of the household lost his/her job (or) had to choose between taking less hours at work or losing his/her job completely," according to the Dorothy Pinedo, president of the Society's St. Madeleine Conference.

It was for that reason that Pinedo's conference helped 100 families with Christmas food and toys late last week.

Despite the anguish seen on the faces of the parents who stood in line, they also appeared grateful and somewhat relieved when they left, knowing that their children would have toys and food on Christmas Day.

"It is really tough for many families in this area. We see it firsthand every week. I thank God that He has helped us provide what we could to make Christmas a little more joyful for those in need," Pinedo said.

Pinedo thanks all her 'Vincentian' volunteers and donors who helped make this event a successful one. Special thanks also go to the following:

* Inland Hills Community Christian Church in Chino for adopting 10 families and providing them with Christmas trees, food and toys, which were personally delivered to the homes.
* Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas for 15 containers of food.
* St. Dennis Church in Diamond Bar & Catholic Charities in Pomona for assistance with toys, food and gift certificates.
* St. Damien High School in San Dimas for its help with toys.

Photos (top to bottom): Parents wait in line to receive Christmas toys for their children; St. Madeleine Conference President Dorothy Pinedo places some family gifts in a bag; This young girl bypasses the free cookies for a free book at the distribution in Pomona.

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