``God has chosen us to help one another.``
Photo: Ballito Conference
Instant warmth this winter
Got your boots on? Your warm winter fleece or coat? Scarf? Beanie?
They’ll keep you warm on the outside, but here’s how to get warm on the inside, instantly …
Help someone else who has no boots, scarf or warm winter coat. Someone who’s walking along the city’s icy pavements in bare feet, because he or she has no shoes. Someone who has no cosy home to go to … and no money for a good hearty meal.
Your donation of R150 could buy two warm blankets for someone in desperate need … R380 buys a pair of shoes and socks … any amount donated online now helps buy extra rice, meat and vegetables for one of our soup kitchens this winter.
Good deeds never go unrewarded. So why not make a donation right now and experience true warmth this winter?
And tonight, when you climb into your own warm bed, you’ll feel a glow in your heart … knowing someone, somewhere is also warm and cosy – thanks to you.
Thank you and may God bless you for your kindness.
Our core work involves alleviating the worst human suffering in areas of abject poverty – where families live in homes made of cardboard or thin plastic … where unemployment and malnutrition is rife … and where parents are dying and leaving children to care for one another.
We help the hungry, the homeless, the sick, vulnerable children and destitute aged.
And because most of the work is done by volunteers, almost every cent you donate goes directly to helping those in need.
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Why we do this work
I have always felt that I was not doing enough to show God how thankful I am for all that He has done and keeps on doing for me. Joining SSVP enabled me to practice the same love that Jesus’ life on earth radiated, an unconditional love that is given freely without expecting any rewards.
I grew up with SSVP in my home – my parents have been members for more than 20 years. After losing a loved one, I joined SSVP to recover from my loss by helping others who have experienced the same. My heart holds a special place for children in need.
I didn’t choose to join SSVP – the holy spirit led me to it. The work of the society echoes my favourite quote of St Vincent’s: “Let us love God, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”
Poverty provides a deeper motivation for understanding your neighbours, welcoming others and attending to those who are suffering. I would say go so far as to say that poverty helps you understand what happiness is, what serenity is in life.” Frédéric Ozanam