Monday, November 19, 2012


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' St. Brigid's Catholic Church Conference gave 277 food boxes for Thanksgiving to the disadvantaged November 16, 2012 in Los Angeles at 9:30 a.m.  Many of the recipients said they had waited in line since 5 a.m.

"I don't have no food in my home and it means a lot," said Gwendolyn Wolfe.  Brenda Venter said with many children to feed and a fixed income, after she pays her bills she needs help with food.  

"God bless you and thank you," said Nathaniel Wilson.  "I just got out of jail after 28 years so I appreciate it, me and my family.  We're going to have a great Thanksgiving."  He happily waved his gift certificate from a supermarket, as he stepped forward to receive his food. 

Most recipients received a $10 gift certificate from Food 4 Less or Ralphs plus peanut butter, rice, pasta, cereal, bags of yams and potatoes and 20 cans of vegetables. 

The Vincentian volunteers said they distribute 150 boxes monthly.  At Thanksgiving and Christmas the Vincentians distribute 100 more boxes a month, said Max Barnes.  St. Brigid's also serves a hot meal to the needy once a week. "It's routine," said Leeland Creecy.

"We're broke, but we try, " smiled Our Lady of the Angels South District President, and St. Brigid's Conference President Kim Williams.  Developmentally-disabled men from Wright Road Workforce also help with the distributions.  On November 16 Williams said, "I asked one, Charles, why he was dressed up, in a hat, and he said because they're going to take my picture today!"

Photos: (top to bottom) Williams, in a blue sweater, in her wheelchair, organizes the recipients;  a volunteer hands food to the needy; Wilson shows his gift certificate; the Vincentian volunteers and Wright Road Workforce men surround Williams - Charles, in the black fedora, beside her.

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