``What you have done unto one of the least of my brethren, you have done it to me.``
During Lent, consider donating food, clothing or cash to SSVP – we’ll make sure it gets to those who are suffering and in need.
Lent is a time to work on improving ourselves. Plan now to make the most of it.
Many Catholics give up something for Lent … sweets, cake, biscuits, meat or beer! But during this time of spiritual renewal, reflection and self denial, 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 … donating a pair of shoes or a blanket to someone who has nothing … or volunteering to help at a soup kitchen.
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.
Other ways to help:
- Clean out your cupboards and wardrobes of all unused or unwanted items and donate them to someone in need, or to your parish St Vincent de Paul Society;
- Don’t buy any non-essential new clothes or gadgets or spend less money on entertainment and eating out. You can then donate the money you save to a Catholic programme serving poor and needy people;
- Take the kids grocery shopping for the poor. Let them help you bring the food to a local old age home, children’s home or parish feeding scheme;
- Encourage children to light a candle for people throughout the world who are sick, hungry or oppressed;
- Spend an extra few minutes every day in prayer and thanksgiving.
- Give up complaining. Focus on the positive and thank God for everything you have been blessed with.
- Your prayers are also a gift. Remember to pray for Vincentians around the world, and all the people we serve.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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YEARS OF HISTORY
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