Friday, December 30, 2011

Closing 2011 & Welcoming 2012 this Weekend


As 2011 comes to an end, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks its wonderful 'Vincentian' volunteers and donors for their support of the Society's charitable programs and three thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. Because of YOU, countless lives were changed for the better during a difficult economy.

Reminder - Year-end tax savings can be had for YOU today! Financial gifts and usable donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics and vehicles can be made by calling 323-224-6280 or 1-800-974-3571. Donations are tax deductible as the law allows.

The Society asks for your continued support in 2012 so that many more children, women and men may see their lives enhanced through St. Vincent de Paul's outreach programs.

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Volunteer at SVdP's shelter in Skid Row displays artistic ability


James Spencer, a volunteer at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Cardinal Manning Center (CMC), helped brighten Christmas for the homeless at the shelter by creating a special holiday scene.

The drawings you see here are located in the men's section of the shelter. Spencer said he created this piece simply because he wanted the men "to have a Merry Christmas."

Thank you, James, for sharing your special talent!

Photo: James Spencer with his Christmas art.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Society is a recipient of Food 4 Less 'Bringing Hope to the Table' campaign


Food 4 Less, the nation’s largest price-impact supermarket chain, invites customers to help support local food banks and families in need through a special fund-raising campaign that kicked off November 6. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is a recipient of this collection drive.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and team members can support food banks in their community through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada and greater Chicago, and at Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The fundraising campaign will run from November 6, 2011 through January 28, 2012. Monies collected will be donated to food banks and hunger relief organizations in the communities served by Food 4 Less and Foods Co in California, southern Nevada, and the greater Chicago area.

“Food 4 Less has a firm commitment to give back to the communities that our customers and team members call home,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less/Foods Co. “Through our ‘Bringing Hope to the Table’ checkstand fundraising campaign, our customers and team members can drive funds to local food banks to help hungry families who are our neighbors.”

The checkstand fundraising program is part of Food 4 Less’ “Bringing Hope to the Table” initiative that is working to reduce hunger in local communities. In addition to the checkstand fundraiser, the “Bringing Hope to the Table” initiative includes an annual cause marketing partnership with Feeding America that generated more than $200,000 for Feeding America-affiliated food banks this year.

Food 4 Less’ ongoing commitment to bring as much food as possible to hungry families also includes our company-wide Perishables Donations Partnership (PDP) program. The program allows fresh, wholesome food such as meat, produce and dairy products to be donated directly from Food 4 Less and Foods Co stores to local food banks that are able to safely handle perishable foods.

Food 4 Less has donated more than 560,000 pounds of perishable foods to food banks this year. This represents more than 400,000 meals for hungry families.

Monday, December 26, 2011

St. Vincent de Paul Store in Los Angeles is open today


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in Los Angeles (210 N. Avenue 21, 90031) is open today, Monday from 9 am to 5:30 pm. However, our other two stores in Long Beach and Oxnard are closed.

All three Society stores will be open during regular business hours on Tuesday.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

















From our Society of St. Vincent de Paul family to yours...

Enjoy this blessed Christmas weekend!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Santa Claus & St. Vincent de Paul brighten Christmas for a single mother and her daughter


Santa Claus made a surprise visit to a young single mother and her daughter on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Santa brought toys for the child, 3, and a decorated Christmas Tree, television stand and coffee table from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the mother.

Prior to Santa's visit, there was nothing in the small apartment that indicated that it was Christmas, and the TV she had sat on the living room floor.

Upon seeing the gifts, tree and furniture, the mother leaped in the air with excitement.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Society's St. Jospeh Conference in Pomona NEEDS Christmas Help


With Christmas less than a week away, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference in Pomona is in GREAT NEED of new gifts for 200 children, ages 1-11, and sponsors for 15 local families through its Adopt-A-Family program for Christmas. These children and families have already been accepted to receive Christmas assistance.

The deadline for toys is tomorrow, December 20, while the cutoff date for Adopt-A-Family sponsors is Thursday, December 22 (financial gifts are also being accepted to purchase toys). Sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family program would purchase gifts and food for the sponsored family. Please call for family size and needs today.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 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 5 pm daily. Info: 909-469-9773.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preparing for Saturday's CHiPs for Kids Toy Distribution in Los Angeles


Officer Donnell Holmes (right) of the California Highway Patrol delivers some toys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday for Saturday's 'CHiPs for Kids' Toy distribution at the Society's Los Angeles Store. Receiving the toys from Officer Holmes is Gary Hall. Media Sponsor of 'CHiPs for Kids' is CBS2/KCAL9.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SVdP's St. Madeleine Conference in Pomona in NEED of Christmas Toys


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference in Pomona, which is a group of ‘Vincentian’ volunteers who help enhance the quality of life for the local disadvantaged and working-poor throughout the year, is in GREAT need of new, unwrapped toys for local children of families who already have signed up for assistance.

According to David Rodriguez, president of the Society’s St. Madeleine Conference, toys are needed for 120 children between the ages of 8-12. Financial gifts are also appreciated to purchase the gifts. The deadline for donations is December 19.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767. Toy donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 7:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday until December 19. Info: 909-865-4433.

Monday, December 12, 2011

SVdP participates in 8th Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade






The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles participated in the 8th Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade yesterday.

Traveling west down Broadway in one of the historic sections of Los Angeles, Society President Claire Padama and Executive Director David Fields waved to the crowd from a blue Mustang convertible. St. Vincent de Paul's new Traveling Boutique was also decorated and followed the convertible in the parade.

Society participants included Salvador Salgado (banner carrier), Patricia Guerrero & Stephanie Amesola (both passed out magnets & candy), Jesse Clemente (drove the convertible) and Sam Urive (drove the fashion van).

Photos (top-bottom): Society President Claire Padama & Executive Director David Fields; St. Vincent de Paul's entry on the parade route; Patricia Guerrero hands out Society donation magnets; Stephanie Amesola hands out candy canes to excited children; Merry Christmas to all from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Help Us Help Others on BUNDLE SUNDAY, December 11


This Sunday, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks your donations of tax-deductible clothing, household goods, electronics and misc. items - as well as newspapers. Your donations help families and individuals in need!

St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, December 11. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time, which is known as Bundle Sunday!

* Holy Name of Jesus: 2190 W. 31st St., LOS ANGELES
* St. Joseph: 11854 Acacia Ave., HAWTHORNE
* St. Kevin: 4072 Beverly Blvd., LOS ANGELES
* St. Martha: 444 N. Azusa Ave., VALINDA
* St. Mel: 20870 Ventura Blvd., WOODLAND HILLS
* St. Philip the Apostle: 151 S. Hill Ave., PASADENA
* St. Rose of Lima: 1305 Royal Ave., SIMI VALLEY

* Note - Large items of furniture, appliances and vehicles can be donated by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-974-3571.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Support the CBS2/KCAL9 Media And Family Day TODAY (CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive)

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is a recipient of this year's CBS 'CHiPs for Kids' Holiday Toy Drive.

Please support this local Christmas drive by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the CBS2/KCAL9 Studio City Broadcast Center TODAY, December 8, from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm and say hello to CBS2/KCAL9 personalities.

For your convenience, join us and meet on-air CBS2/KCAL9News reporters at the following drop-off locations:

~ Studio City Broadcast Center: 4200 Radford Ave.,Studio City, CA 91604 (4:30 am to 11:30 pm)

~ El Tepeyac: 13131 Crossroads Pkwy., City of Industry, CA 91746 (Noon to 11:30 pm)

~ The Mattel Toy Store: 2780 So. Reservoir St., Pomona, CA 91766 (Noon to 11:30 pm)

~ Walmart: 2300 N. Tustin, Tustin, CA 92865 (Noon to 11:30 pm)/ Meet the KNX Street Team, etc. from Noon to 4 pm

~ Walgreens: 7560 Topanga Blvd. (Saticoy), Canoga Park, CA 91303 (Noon to 11:30 pm)

~ Westfield Culver City Shopping Center: 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 (Noon to 11:30 pm)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Donate a vehicle TODAY & receive year-end tax savings!


The end of the year is quickly approaching! Donate your vehicle today for year-end tax savings! Your support will help your pocket book and local families in need.

* Click on flyer to enlarge.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thank You St. Anthony High School National Honor Society Students in Long Beach


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks the National Honor Society (NHS) students at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach for collecting 319 pairs of socks for homeless individuals at the Society's Cardinal Manning Center in Los Angeles' Skid Row.

Your concern and dedication for those less fortunate are greatly appreciated!

Photo: Students from the NHS senior class at St. Anthony High School join Mike Schabert, principal (middle row, far right), Dawn Still, NHS moderator and dean of girls (middle row, second from far right), Manuel Sanchez, youth coordinator of St. Vincent de Paul (back row, far right) and David Garcia, deputy executive director of St. Vincent de Paul (back row, far left).

Monday, December 5, 2011

SVdP participates in 67th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade





The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) ushered in the Christmas season by participating in the 67th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade on Sunday.

The Society's entry included its new Traveling Boutique, decorated with Christmas items. SVdP Los Angeles store employee Salvador Salgado held the Society banner. Fellow store employees Shonnise Harston and Art Lamas distributed SVdP magnets to adults and candy canes to children along the parade route, while Sam Urive drove the fashion van.

The parade, entitled 'Fantasy on Figueroa' and presented by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, began at Figueroa Street and Ave. 60 and proceeded south on Figueroa to Sycamore Grove Park.

The Society will participate in the Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 11. SVdP President Claire Padama and Executive Director David Fields will ride in a convertible Mustang with the Traveling Boutique following the vehicle.

Photos (top to bottom): St. Vincent de Paul greets parade goers; Shonnise Harston brightens the day for a young girl by giving her a candy cane; Art Lamas hands a a SVdP magnet to a parade fan; Merry Christmas to all from (l-r) Shonnise Harston, Salvador Salgado, Sam Urive (in van) and Art Lamas.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences seek Christmas help


Local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) are collecting new toys, food and financial donations to help make Christmas a joyous 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:

LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Nativity Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 60 boys and girls, ages 3-12.
Food Baskets – Canned food, produce, eggs, rice and beans for 40 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Nativity Conference, 937 W. 57th St., Los Angeles, CA 90037. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, until December 16. Info: 323-750-0534.

LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Mother of Good Counsel

Food Baskets – Canned food and non-perishable food (spaghetti, rice, beans, etc.) for 85 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12 pm and 1-4 pm from December 14-16. Info: 323-605-2944.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Bernadette Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 60 boys and girls, ages 18 and under.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Bernadette Conference, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90008. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 1-5 pm on Saturday until December 17. Info: 323-293-4877.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Brigid Conference

Adopt-A-Family - Sponsors sought to adopt (10) families in extreme need. Sponsors would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs by December 12).
Angel Tree – New, unwrapped toys and new clothing for children, ages 13 and under, until December 9.
Christmas Day Meal - Canned ham, turkey, stuffing, yams, green beans, dinner rolls, paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils/cups until December 22.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food. Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Brigid Conference, 5214 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday. Info: 323-292-0781.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Ignatius of Loyola Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 18 and under.
Food Baskets – Canned ham, turkeys, beans, rice, canned goods (meats, vegetables and fruit) for 40 families.
Adopt-A-Family - Sponsors sought to adopt (40) families in extreme need. Sponsors would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs).
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Ignatius of Loyola Conference, 322 N. Avenue 61, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30-9 pm, Monday thru Saturday, and 9 am to 2:30 pm on Sunday until December 10. Info: 323-256-3041 or 323-255-2668.


NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Patrick Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 200 boys and girls, ages 4-12.
Food Baskets – Cereal, rice, pasta, canned goods, tuna, cookies, instant potatoes, coffee, sugar, cream evaporated milk, tomato sauce, oatmeal and jalapeƱo peppers for 90 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Patrick Conference, 6153 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 8:30 am to 7 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 8:30 am to 1 pm Saturday and Sunday, until December 22. Info: 818-752-3240 and ask for St. Vincent de Paul.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 250 boys and girls, ages 12 and under.
Food Baskets – Canned goods for 150 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 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 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 7:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday until December 19. Info: 909-865-4433.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference

Toys - New and unwrapped for 200 boys and girls, ages 13 and under between December 5-16.
Food – Canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, beans, instant potatoes and stuffing for 80 families.
Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt (15) families in extreme need. Sponsors would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs between December 12-22).
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2011 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 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Info: 909-469-9773.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Giant tree topples and fence damaged at SVdP Store in Los Angeles by strong Santa Ana winds






Strong Santa Ana winds have created widespread damage in Southern California in the past 24 hours. And the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has felt the impact.

A giant tree in front of the Society's Los Angeles store gave way and damaged the surrounding fence. Fortunately, the parking lot was empty and nobody was injured, as it fell in the early morning hours before the store was open.

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