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``What you have done unto one of the least of my brethren, you have done it to me.``
Now is the time for good works
If ever there was a time to reach out to someone less fortunate, it’s now – during the season of Lent.
Many Catholics give up something for Lent … sweets, cake, biscuits, meat or beer! But during this time of penance and reflection, we are also encouraged to perform acts of kindness towards our fellow men.
It could be something as simple as sharing food with someone in need … making up a food parcel to give to a beggar on the street … or donating a pair of shoes or a blanket to someone who has nothing.
But while our intentions are good, in today’s busy world many of us struggle to find time for even these small acts of generosity. If this sounds like you, please give us the means to do good on your behalf.
Make an immediate donation to SSVP right here and now – and we’ll make sure your gift is turned into food, clothing, or other relief for someone in true and desperate need. Any amount – R500, R250, R100 or R1 000 makes a difference.
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