Thursday, December 31, 2009

GIANT New Year's $ale in Los Angeles


The Society will hold a New Year's GIANT $ale from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at its Los Angeles thrift store at 210 N. Avenue 21!

Items will be discounted 50% storewide (some exclusions apply) at the Society's store, affectionaly dubbed the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene' by the L.A. Times and located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium.

Begin the New Year on the right foot by saving money on everyday household items, while helping to improve the quality of life for local children, women and men. Store revenue benefits the Society's charitable services.

The Society's thrift store offers trendy fashion, home decor and hidden treasures that change daily. You never know what you'll find!

Happy $hopping everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year-end tax donations to SVdP saves you green!


Just a few days remain in 2009. YOU still have time to add to your tax savings by donating your usable goods to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. But, it needs to be made by tomorrow - December 31 - to claim a donation on your 2009 return.

The Society provides a FREE pick-up of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, bric-a-brac and more. Vehicles, running or not, also are acceptable.

YOUR DONATIONS HELP IMPROVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY!!!Donations & information: 800-97-HELP-1 or 323-224-6280.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

First Annual Service Weekend to benefit Circle V Ranch Camp











Dear Young Vincentians & Friends,

You are invited to join with other Vincentians at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp in Santa Barbara for our First Annual Service Weekend, January 8-10.

Every summer, we welcome up to 1,200 kids at our youth camp for a week’s worth of fun, friendship and growth in the beautiful mountains of Santa Barbara. You can make sure they truly enjoy their stay there by joining us the second weekend in 2010 to help us spruce up the camp for the next crop of kids.

Jointly sponsored by the Society’s Camping Department and Young Vincentian Desk, this event is free of charge and is open to all Vincentians (18-years of age and up.

Please call Manuel A. Sánchez at 323-226-1757 for more information or to RSVP.

Yours in St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frédéric Ozanam,

Manuel A. Sánchez
Youth/Young Adult Conference Coordinator
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Monday, December 28, 2009

Italian singer Desiree Migliaccio to help San Pedro's poor through a benefit concert

The Society's Mary Star of the Sea Conference in San Pedro will host an Itlaian concert and dinner on December 29 to help raise funds for the local homeless and disadvantaged.

Desiree Migliaccio, a well-known performer from Ischia, Italy, will be donating her musical talents to help the Society improve the quality of life for local children, women and men.

The concert, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will be FREE, but a free-will donation is requested to benefit St. Vincent de Paul's outreach. You also can arrive early and enjoy a delicious catered Italian meal that will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $20 for adults and $10 for children under twelve years of age. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

"I am pleased to donate my time to put on this concert for such a wonderful cause," said Desiree, whose aunt, Terrie Post, is a member of the Society's Mary Star of the Sea Conference. "I just encourage everyone in attendance to please make a generous donation in one of St. Vincent de Paul's baskets that evening to help with its local outreach to those who are struggling in this difficult economy."

Among her many accolades, Desiree finished first in 2008 at the 62nd European Competition for Young Opera singers. Recently, famous Italian director Ennio Morricone chose Desiree as a Solo Soprano for the Tour Cinema Concerto of Themes.

Please view the 'You Tube' video below to hear and see Desiree for yourself.

Mary Star of the Sea Church is located at 877 W. 7th St. in San Pedro. For more information, please call (310) 833-3541, ext 223.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Black Saturday $ale at Society's L.A. Store


It's the day after Christmas and all through the house families are rushing to St. Vincent de Paul's Black Saturday $ale in Los Angeles!

In need of post-holiday gifts or, maybe, something for yourself? December 26 is the day to satisfy your needs or cravings.

The Society's thrift store at 210 N. Avenue 21, dubbed the 'Granddaddy of the L.A. Thrift Store Scene' by the L.A. Times and located just down the hill from Dodger Stadium, will discount items 50% throughout the store (some exclusions apply).

Visit the store that serves as one of Hollywood's favorite 'prop' stops. The Society's store will be open on December 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Happy $hopping everyone!!!

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Merry Christmas to One and ALL!


MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles to YOU and your family. May this day be filled with love, hope and the knowledge of the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Foundation For Kids helps St. Vincent de Paul and its outreach to children



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles thanks 'A Foundation For Kids' for its recent donation of more than $50,000 in computer-related items for children and teenagers. The donations, which include Crammers and Fly Fusion pens, will benefit disadvantaged boys and girls this Christmas through the Society's various outreach programs.

A Foundation For Kids provides support for abused and at-risk children in the regions of Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Thank you to Mark Chow and your staff for all your kindness and generosity in helping St. Vincent de Paul help children in need.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Society's St. Bernard Conference helps record turnout at Christmas distribution




The bad economy resulted in the largest Christmas distribution ever for the Society's St. Bernard Conference last Saturday, as the line of people was visible far down the residential block.

Close to 200 families turned out on a beautiful weekend afternoon to pick up grocery vouchers and new wrapped toys so that they could experience a blessed Christmas meal and smiles on the children's faces on December 25.

Besides the gifts, children also got to select an extra toy from the long line of unwrapped gifts on tables in the room, and visit with Santa Claus, whose elf was also passing out gifts.

Upon leaving the building, each child and adult enjoyed a free hot dog, nachos and beverage before heading home for the afternoon.

"This is the most we've helped at Christmas. It just shows you that times are still rough for many people in our community. I pray that our assistance will help make Christmas a little brighter for the children and families who don't have much this year," said Agnes Coughlin, president of the Society's St. Bernard Conference.

Coughlin thanks her 'Vincentian' volunteers and donors for supporting this wonderful event.

Photos (top to bottom): Families patiently wait in line to receive grocery vouchers and toys; St. Bernard Conference President Agnes Coughlin helps a family at the distribution; Some children can't resist visiting Santa Claus on their way out.

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.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa Claus visits St. Vincent de Paul's L.A. Store



They came. They saw. They gave their requests. And, they left with toys and smiles on their faces!

Santa Claus visited the Society's L.A. store last Saturday and passed out free gifts, bags of food and candy canes to children who had their photos taken with the man dressed in red. Even the young-at-heart stopped for a photo with St. Nick, as they temporarily relived their childhood dreams.

Many children couldn't contain their excitement, especially when Santa first arrived and walked through the store ringing a bell to announce his arrival. St. Nick then spent several hours visiting boys and girls, while Christmas music blared in the background.

Upon leaving St. Vincent de Paul's store, Santa was reportedly seen jumping in a sleigh and flying away with some reindeer leading the way.

Photos (top to bottom): Santa Claus says hello to a young child upon his arrival to the store; This young girl enjoys her visit with St. Nick; Even the young-at-heart take a moment to have a photo with Santa.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Photos with Santa Claus at L.A. Store on December 19


Make St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles one of your destination spots this weekend, especially from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19.

Santa Claus will visit the store and give out free gifts, food and candy canes to children who have their photos taken with him (while supplies last). Parents or guardians MUST bring their own cameras for photos.

And while you're at the store, stock up on some gifts for Christmas, as you'll find trendy fashion, home decor and many hidden treasures at a fraction of the retail prices! Besides $aving YOU money, your patronage helps fund the Society's various local charitable services for children and families.

Visit Santa, save money on Christmas gifts and help improve the quality of life for the local disadvantaged and homeless ALL at the same time. Now that's the Christmas spirit!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

BREAKING NEWS - St. Vincent de Paul Conferences still seek Christmas help!


With Christmas nearly here, various local St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) are still in NEED of new toys, food and financial donations to help make the holiday special 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:


COMPTON

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Lady of Victory Conference (409 E. Palmer St.)

Toys – New and unwrapped for 50 boys and girls, ages 3-12.
Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys or hams, vegetables, canned goods, stuffing mix, pinto beans, rice, tortillas and fresh fruit for 30 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Lady of Victory Conference, 409 E. Palmer St., Compton, CA 90221. Donations can also be dropped off at the above address from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from December 14-20. Information: 310-631-3233.

LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Holy Name of Jesus Conference (2190 W. 31st St.)

Toys - New and unwrapped for 70 boys and girls, ages 2-12.
Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned gravy, flour, sugar, dressing, cooking oil, seasonings, rice, potatoes and yams for 60 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Name of Jesus Conference, 2190 W. 31st St., Los Angeles, CA 90018. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. thru December 18. Information: 323-734-8888.

OXNARD

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Mary Star of the Sea Conference (463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd.)

Toys - New and unwrapped for 201 boys and girls, ages 12 and under.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys, and food vouchers for 103 families.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mary Star of the Sea Conference, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard, CA 93033. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (or by appointment), Monday-Friday, thru December 18. Information: 805-486-6133, ext. 210.

POMONA

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

Toys - New and unwrapped for 140 boys and girls, ages 1-12.
Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams, yams, rolls, instant potatoes, pies, macaroni loaves of bread, canned vegetables, canned fruit, candy and grocery vouchers (in $10 increments) for 100 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 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 8:30a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, until December 18. Information: 909-629-9495.

POMONA

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

Toys - New and unwrapped for 400 boys and girls, ages 12 and under.
Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned goods, rice, beans, spaghetti, instant potatoes, stuffing mix, pies and powdered or evaporated milk for 100 families.
Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt (25) families in extreme need. Sponsors would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs at 909-629-1404).
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 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 9-11 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until December 20 (or toys, only, through the SVdP collection bin at the back of the church property daily). Information: 909-469-9773.

SHERMAN OAKS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Francis De Sales Conference (13360 Valleyheart Dr.)

Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase food vouchers for 15 families.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Francis De Sales Conference, 13360 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Information: 818-784-0105.

VENTURA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Lady of the Assumption Conference (3175 Telegraph Rd.)

Toys - New and unwrapped for 1,000 boys and girls, ages 16 and under. * Please, no toys that require batteries.
Food Baskets – Non-perishable items for 125 families.
Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2009 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Lady of the Assumption Conference, 3175 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, thru December 19. Information: 805-642-7966 (please call first).

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 as constant today as it did then.

PLEASE HELP US HELP OTHERS!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

St. Elizabeth's young people help bring Christmas joy to homeless shelter on Skid Row




For the 13th consecutive year, students and alumni from St. Elizabeth School in Altadena recently helped spread Christmas joy to the homeless by decorating the Society's Cardinal Manning Center in Los Angeles' Skid Row.

During their two-hour stay at the Council's shelter, close to 10 children (plus three chaperons) - led by 'Vincentian' volunteer Aimee Brazeau - decorated three Christmas trees, the main lobby area and the family section on the first floor to help brighten the mood for the children, women and men at the center.

Serving as a chaperon for the fourth straight year, Brazeau helped bring some joy to a little boy at the shelter by allowing him to help decorate a wreath. This child also helped supervise where some ornaments should go on the Christmas tree in the family section.

"It's just a really neat experience. I get so frustrated going to the stores with the crowds and that's not what the holiday is about. It's about seeing the smiles at the (Cardinal Manning) center. It's very simple," she said.

Council Deputy Executive Director David Fields originally began this annual project when he was the president of the Society's St. Elizabeth Conference.

Photos (top to bottom): 'Vincentian' volunteer Aimee Brazeau from St. Elizabeth holds a young shelter resident as helps decorate a wreath; Some of the St. Elizabeth youth decorate a Christmas tree; Shelter Deputy Director Justin Mammen (left) gives the children a tour of the Society's Cardinal Manning Center.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SVdPLA participates in Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade


In an effort to help spread holiday cheer and bring additional awareness to the Society's local outreach, the L.A. Council participated in last Sunday's 6th Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade.

It was the third and final community parade for St. Vincent de Paul this Christmas. We look forward to doing it all over again next year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thousands brave cold and rain in bad economy to receive Christmas toys and food





Despite the chilly weather and overnight rain, families patiently waited in line. The first family had arrived at 7:30 p.m. last Friday. Throughout the night, individuals descended upon an area that wouldn't come alive until 8 a.m. the following morning.

When the time finally arrived, thousands of children, women and men were ready for the big moment. This wasn't a concert or a sporting event. It was the 1st Annual Bernadine Murray Angel City Christmas at the Expo Center near the Los Angeles Coliseum, where new toys and food were being distributed to Southern Californians still hurting from today's difficult economy.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of L.A. and the City of L.A. co-sponsored the massive distribution that helped 4,500 individuals. Other local groups and businesses also helped contribute to the event.

A single father with four young children (ages 4-7), who had braved the weather since 2:30 a.m., was one of the beneficiaries. 'Stan,' who had been employed in New York just six weeks earlier, came to California - with his children - to care for his mother, who is battling cancer. The young father had depleted most of his savings on the bus fare to California, where he has yet to find work.

'Stan' said that one of the Society's local Conferences (groups of 'Vincentian' volunteers) had already helped him and his children during their time in California with beds, blankets, clothes and food. When he learned about the toy and food distribution, he knew he owed it to his children to be there.

"It's hard. This (event) is a blessing. This will make a big difference for my family. It's going to bring joy to my children," he said.

Rain continued to fall throughout the event, with the sun becoming visible only after the distribution had concluded. However, everyone appeared to be in good spirits, as the children enjoyed meeting Santa Claus and receiving one new toy each, while the parents were thankful for the food and, especially, the joy their children felt.

Some of the dignitaries in attendance included the following:

* Emcee Leo Stallworth from KABC TV 7 News;
* Actress Tichina Arnold from the television sitcom Everybody Hates Chris;
* Actor Danny Trejo from the movie series From Dusk Till Dawn ;
* Country music singer Laura Bryna;
* Rev. Cecil Murray, former pastor of First AME Church in L.A., and husband of Bernadine, for whom the event was named because of her many years of service to the L.A. communities. Unfortunately, Bernadine is bedridden and couldn't attend.

KOST 103.5 FM added to the holiday spirit by providing Christmas music, while children made their own holiday crafts near the hospitality room that was managed by St. Vincent de Paul.

The Council's David Fields, deputy executive director, represented the Society as he received a Certificate of Commendation from the City of L.A. for assisting with the event's success.

Photos (top to bottom): The Society's David Fields and B.J. Lamothe from the City of L.A. help control the line of people waiting for toys and food; Individuals walk to pick up toys and food; Several children get out of the rain to enjoy some snacks inside the Society's hospitality room; Vincentian volunteers help distribute some of the 4,500 toys.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Make Your Plans Now: Desiree Migliaccio in concert to benefit San Pedro's Poor



In an effort to raise much-needed funds for services to help the local homeless and disadvantaged, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Mary Star of the Sea Conference in San Pedro will host an Itlaian concert and dinner on December 29.

Desiree Migliaccio, a well-known performer from Ischia, Italy, will be donating her musical talents to help the Society improve the quality of life for local children, women and men. The concert, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will be FREE, but a free-will donation is requested to benefit St. Vincent de Paul's outreach.

You also can arrive early and enjoy a delicious catered Italian meal that will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $20 for adults and $10 for children under twelve years of age. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

"I am pleased to donate my time to put on this concert for such a wonderful cause," said Desiree, whose aunt, Terrie Post, is a member of the Society's Mary Star of the Sea Conference. "I just encourage everyone in attendance to please make a generous donation in one of St. Vincent de Paul's baskets that evening to help with its local outreach to those who are struggling in this difficult economy."

Among her many accolades, Desiree finished first in 2008 at the 62nd European Competition for Young Opera singers. Recently, famous Italian director Ennio Morricone chose Desiree as a Solo Soprano for the Tour Cinema Concerto of Themes.

Please view the above 'You Tube' video to hear and see Desiree for yourself.

Mary Star of the Sea Church is located at 877 W. 7th St. in San Pedro. For more information, please call (310) 833-3541, ext 223.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SVdP in 6th Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade this Sunday

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This Sunday, December 13, is your last opportunity to catch the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in a community Christmas parade this year. The Society will participate in the 6th Annual Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade at 11 a.m.

The parade begins at Lincoln Park Avenue and North Broadway and proceeds south along North Broadway, ending at North Broadway and Avenue 24 with a community celebration behind Bank of America with REAL SNOW!!!

The honorary grand marshal will be Raul Rodriguez, the award-winning float designer, while the celebrity grand marshalls will be Matt Burch and Froylan Tercero of the TV show 'Operation Repo.'

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1st Annual Bernadine Murray Angel City Christmas Classic



WHAT: The City of Los Angeles and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles (non-profit organization), will host the 1st Annual Bernadine Murray Angel City Christmas. L.A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, actor Louis Gossett Jr. and other special guests will join in the festivities.

WHO: Approximately 5,000 local disadvantaged and homeless children, women and men will benefit from this special Christmas event.

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2009 / 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Expo Center, 3980 S. Menlo Ave., Los Angeles (near 1932 Olympic Swim Stadium)

WHY: FREE Christmas toy, food and clothing distribution to the local needy. Santa Claus also will be present for the children.

HOW: Collaborative effort between the City of L.A. and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of L.A., along with the assistance of local businesses and organizations.


* FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, CONTACT BRIAN PICKERING, SVdPLA PR COORDINATOR
323-855-0320 (cell), 323-224-6273 or bpick@svdpla.org

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Summer will be here before you know it!



It's almost Christmas and the weather is chilly, even by Southern California standards. However, as the song from Annie reads, 'the sun will come out tomorrow,' especially in this region of the country.

Just envision the warmth of the sun and children laughing during the summer. It's not too early to start thinking about the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp near beautiful Santa Barbara and how YOU can help send a child to camp!

Tax-deductible financial gifts are welcomed to help provide camp scholarships for 98% of the 1,200 boys and girls who will be attending camp in July and August. For many of these young people, this will be the only vacation they'll enjoy during their summer break.

The cost per child per week, which includes lodging, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, drama, field trips, three meals a day and MUCH more, is $325. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, as YOU will help make a positive difference in a young person's life.

Please enjoy the short camp video that is attached to this blog. Information: 323-224-6213.

Monday, December 7, 2009

SVdPLA participates in 65th Annual Northeast L.A. Holiday Parade



The Society's Council of Los Angeles participated in Sunday's 65th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade. Despite the cool weather and a threat of rain, the Figueroa Blvd. parade route was lined with excited children and their parents. Members from the Society decorated one of its donation trucks, giving it a festive look, much to the delight of the parade-goers. The back of the truck featured an Angel sitting alongside a Christmas tree and some gifts. To view a short video of the Society's entry, please visit... http://www.youtube.com/user/svdpla#p/u/6/IdwWb7ytN_o.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Include SVdPLA in your weekend plans

Make the Society's Council of L.A. part of your weekend. Here are several ways in which you can include us and have fun at the same time.


* Listen to KOST 103.5 FM on Sunday at 6 a.m. to hear a special program about the Society's local outreach. Host Christine Martindale interviews Council Deputy Executive Director David Fields, the Council's South San Fernando District President Ron Mulvihill and a one-time SVdPLA Cardinal Manning Center (shelter) resident who is now attending college. Terrific listening!



* Watch for the Society's decorated truck and live Angel in Sunday's 65th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade & Winterfest in Highland Park. The parade begins at 1 p.m. Come out and bring your family for a day of fun!



* With Christmas right around the corner, visit one of St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. YOU will find trendy fashion, home decor and hidden treasures for a fraction of the retail price! And, your support will help fund the Society's various charitable services! Directions to each store can be found on the right side of this blog.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

HELP US HELP OTHERS this Christmas season


Help the Society's Council of Los Angeles collect Christmas gifts and food for 120,000 children, women and men this holiday season in the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara. Please help us make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need during this difficult economy. Information: 888-552-7872.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Listen to KOST 103.5 FM & help SVdPLA help others



Listen to Christmas music 24/7 on KOST 103.5 FM and HELP the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's outreach in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

During morning drive-time this holiday season, Mark Wallengen and Kristin Cruz of the 'Mark and Kristin' show will talk about the Society and the need for donations, deals on shopping and more. St. Vincent de Paul ads also will be aired during the day.

The Society's L.A. Council is partnering with KOST to help collect financial and in-kind donations, as well as to create additional awareness of the Society's work and programs in the local region. The public's donations will help improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of children, women and men during these difficult times.

And, as a thank you, all donors will receive a FREE child's ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Help Us Help Others!

Information: 323-224-6273.

Photo: Justin Mammen (left) of the Society's Cardinal Manning Center gives Mark Wallengren and Kristin Cruz a tour of the year-round shelter in L.A.'s Skid-Row.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ralphs & Food 4 Less shoppers are asked to help St. Vincent de Paul


Shoppers at Ralphs and Food 4 Less are asked to contribute their spare change to support the 'Bringing Hope to the Table' campaign this Christmas/New Year. YOUR change can be deposited in canisters at the stores' check stands, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles and its work with children & families in the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara. Donations will be accepted through January 31, 2010. Thank You!