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SVdPLA Episode on EWTN

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Full half-hour episode here for your viewing pleasure,  on national SVdP featuring SVdPLA. 
From the Society’s traditional home visits, food pantries and assistance with rent and utilities, to innovative health care, financial and mentoring programs, the Society’s Vincentians see the face of Christ in the people they encounter.

Durbins Serve the CMC

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The Durbin Family and friends served lunch to the homeless at the SVdPLA Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) on Skid Row recently.  Jeff Durbin is the CFO of Gavina Coffee. The company donates coffee to the CMC. 
A blessed New Year to the Durbins and Gavina Coffee.

Allen Lund, produce shippers, participate in Navidad en el Barrio

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By Jim OffnerDecember 28, 2016 | 2:18 pm EST


The Allen Lund Co., La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., based logistics firm, worked with Houston-based charity Navidad en el Barrio for the 11th consecutive year on a toy drive that benefited the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The event was part of Lund’s  “40 Acts of Kindness” celebration of its 40th year in business, according to a news release. The toy drive on Dec. 17 attracted more than 700 needy families, according to the release. The event provided toys, shoes and Christmas meals through Navidad en el Barrio. Kenny Lund, vice president of support services, said the firm felt “blessed” to participate. “To be at St. Vincent de Paul and meet with the families who are benefiting from the gifts provided by such a great team of caring people, leaves me at a loss for words,” Kenny Lund said in the release. “This is the third year ALC has partnered with (Society of St. Vince de Paul), and I am confident this will continue to be an annual day of …

Haste Not Waste; Take Advantage Now!

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Taxes are around the corner! Take the load off what you owe. Donate your car before end of the year and receive a tax write-off for 2016. 
To find out how to schedule a free pick up, click here: https://www.svdpla.org/VehicleDonation

Christmas Baskets in Santa Ynez

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Santa Ynez Valley News | Mary Ann Norbom mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com |Updated Dec 24, 2016

Xmas Toy Giveaway’s Shoe Palace Video

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Thank you Shoe Palace for this recap!  Because of you, we gave over 1,000 children a pair  of shoes for Christmas!

SVdPLA Combats Homelessness in Angelus

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St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles Awarded $18,000 to Combat Homelessness
December 10, 2016 - By Angelus Staff
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles has received more than $18,000 in order to move the homeless of Skid Row off the streets and into housing. The $18,839 endowment from the LA5 Rotary Club Foundation was granted to St. Vincent de Paul as a second-place prize after four other organizations presented plans for ending homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, said the nonprofit was honored to receive the grant. “Our ultimate goal is to eradicate homelessness and ensure that every Angeleno has a safe, warm place to sleep, but until then this grant will be utilized to make a difference to the homeless on Skid Row.”

Merry Christmas from the SVdPLA Call Center!

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What's Up Downtown? with Hal Bastian, Comes to SVdPLA

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What’s Up, Downtown? with Hal Bastian” is a series about the rebirth of downtown LA.Hal visits our LA thrift store near DTLA and finds out how we help the community!
This video took place during our Thanksgiving Giveaway where families take home a dinner to cook. Learn what we do and how you contribute by shopping and donating!
Join Hal by also coming by the LA store, to shop for new Christmas gifts for all! Many Christmas items now for sale at 50% off! www.svdpla.org

FREE CHRISTMAS TOYS, FOOD AND SHOES FOR DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES AT SVdPLA's ANNUAL GIVEAWAY

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A collaboration with the California Highway Patrol’s CHiPs for Kids, KCAL9-CBS2, Shoe Palace and Navidad En El Barrio
What’s better than free toys at Christmas?   Click here to watch the video!

Free toys, food and shoes.
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’CHiPs for Kids Annual Toy Giveaway to 1,200 needy children launched like Santa’s sleigh at St. Vincent’s LA Thrift Store December 17, 2016. There were toys from the California Highway Patrol CHiPs for Kids and local schools and businesses; Shoe Palace shoes and food from Navidad En El Barrio. 150 volunteers from schools, churches, businesses and organizations participated so families living in poverty could have a joyful Christmas.
“Thank you for helping the people out that can’t afford toys,” said one little boy.  Another said, “I love that they are helpful and they care.”
“This giveaway is a tremendous collaborative effort that hopefully shows many needy people love at Christmas,” said St. Vincent de Paul’s Executive Director David Fie…

Fundraiser for Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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Volunteers from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey have provided sandwiches for the homeless at the Cardinal Manning Center for over 30 years! A fundraiser for the group was held last weekend. Thank you Our Lady of Perpetual Help volunteers for 30 years of service!

Thrift Thursday

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Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! Wednesday (12/14) and Thursday (12/15) only, all clothing with a YELLOW tag is just 99 cents.

SVdPLA Combats Homelessness in Angelus

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St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Awarded more than $18,000 to Combat HomelessnessDecember 10, 2016 - By Angelus Staff
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles has received more than $18,000 in order to move the homeless of Skid Row off the streets and into housing. The $18,839 endowment from the LA5 Rotary Club Foundation was granted to St. Vincent de Paul as a second-place prize after four other organizations presented plans for ending homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, said the nonprofit was honored to receive the grant. “Our ultimate goal is to eradicate homelessness and ensure that every Angeleno has a safe, warm place to sleep, but until then this grant will be utilized to make a difference to the homeless on Skid Row.”

Circle V Camp in Solvang Parade

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Solvang (meaning sunny fields in Danish) welcomed the sun again as it shone warmly Saturday, December 3, 2016 along the route of the annual Solvang Julefest Parade. More than 400 participants and 60 entries, including SVdPLA's camp,  marched, rolled, trotted, cruised and strolled along festively decorated Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive and adjacent streets. This year’s Solvang Julefest theme is “Celebrate Together” and thousands of spectators from near and far enjoyed the parade as well as free, post-parade visits with Santa in Solvang Park.

Tune in to EWTN “Our Faith in Action: Today's Society of St. Vincent de Paul"

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Immaculate Conception SVdP in Monrovia on TV

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Amazon Smile

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EWTN to Re-Air SVdP TV Program

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SVdPLA is featured in this TV program on national SVdP,  first broadcast last August 2016. 
Tune in to "Our Faith in Action: Today's Society of  St. Vincent de Paul" on EWTN. 
Monday, Dec.12 @ 6:30 p.m. EST (3:30 PT)  and Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 2:30 a.m. EST (11:30 PT).

SVdPLA on Santa Barbara TV

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This 15-minute “805 FOCUS” show is now airing as follows on Cox Cable Channel 71 in Santa Barbara.  Below are the December 2016 air dates: Monday @ 5:30pm Tuesday @ 11:30am Thursday @ 11:45am Friday @ 5:45pm Sunday @ 5am & 7:30pm

Claire Padma in Los Feliz Ledger

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Local Receives L.A. Rams Award For VolunteerismBY · PUBLISHED DECEMBER 1, 2016 · UPDATED NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Claire Padama of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and Our Mother of Good Counsel Church was awarded the Los Angeles Rams “Community Quarterback” award, in conjunction with Southern California Honda Dealers, in November for her volunteerism.
Padama was given the award on the field of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams currently play, during a pre game event November 6th. In addition, the Rams gave $5,000 to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, which the organization said would be used for clothing, food and supplies for underserved Angelenos. Additionally, Rams officials with Padama visited the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row November 1st to serve meals to the homeless. “We are so proud of Claire and the tireless work she has done for the organization,” said David Fields, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’s executive director. “The Rams Quarter…

Xmas Tree Blessing at SVdPLA

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Carols were sung and the tree blessed and ornamented here at SVdPLA’s LA administrative office, led by our new council president Ray Sweet. Merry Christmas to all!

Thrift Thursday

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Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! Wednesday (12/7) and Thursday (12/8) only, all clothing with a GREEN tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

Your Donation Helps

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Donating to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is helping women and children get off the streets and into our Family Housing Program. Learn more about the program here.

Giving Hope

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At Christmas time, Margot received the worst present of her life. Her abusive ex-husband gave her and their five-year-old daughter, Brittany, eviction notice from their Laguna Beach guest cottage. Days later, her ex-husband hired movers to clear out the cottage and throw away their clothes and furniture, plus Brittany’s baby pictures and favorite toys. Margot and Brittany moved to another cottage, but they couldn’t afford furniture. They slept on the hardwood floor. Margot asked St. Vincent de Paul for help. When the truck arrived from the Society’s Long Beach thrift store, it was filled with everything needed to make a home—furniture, household items and bedding. “St. Vincent de Paul gave me hope,” Margot says. These days, Margot owns a successful life-insurance business and Brittany is a happy college junior. Margot and her new husband, Glenn, recently donated a truck full of furniture and clothing to St. Vincent de Paul.


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