SVdP (Volunteer) Conferences still seek Christmas Help


This Christmas, various Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) are collecting new toys, food and financial donations to help make the holiday season a memorable one for thousands of homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families and individuals.

The following is a list of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and their Christmas needs:

WINNETKA (NEW)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph the Worker Conference (19808 Cantlay St.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 16 and under.
* Food Baskets – Cocoa, cookies, nuts, candy canes and non-perishable food for 80 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph the Worker, 19808 Cantlay St., Winnetka, CA 91306. Donations can also be dropped off at the above address until December 19. Information: 818-773-1864.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference (2060 N. Vermont Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 90 boys and girls, newborn to age 18.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams and non-perishable items for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 6-18. Information: 323-664-2111, ext. 350.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference (931 E. Kingsley Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 1-12.
* Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams and turkeys, yams, rolls, instant potatoes, pies, macaroni, loaves of bread, canned vegetables, canned fruit and candy for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 909-865-4433.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference (1150 W. Holt Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 300 boys and girls, ages 1-11.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, bags of rice, bags of beans and pies for 100 families.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 25 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs, Dec. 7-17).
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12 pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until December 20. Information: 909-469-9773.


SOLVANG

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Old Mission Santa Inés Conference (1760 Mission Dr.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 378 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Variety of staples, including cereal, beans, rice, oil, flour and more for 160 families. No canned goods please.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Old Mission Santa Inés Conference, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 805-686-9933.


SAN DIMAS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Holy Name of Mary Conference (724 E. Bonita Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 400 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys, canned yams, canned fruit and canned cranberries for 200 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Name of Mary Conference, 724 E Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, until December 17. Information: 909-599-1243, ext. 138.


WOODLAND HILLS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Mel Conference (20870 Ventura Blvd.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 250 boys and girls, ages 6-15.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 125 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families to help at all Masses from November 28 to December 19.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Mel Conference, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until December 19. Information: 818-340-6020, ext. 3001.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and one of the oldest charities in the world, having been founded in France in 1833 by a group of young students to help serve the poor of all faiths through personal service. That vow of personal service remains the same today.

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