Thanks for bringing Christmas joy to the very old … and the very young!
Christmas really was a time of ‘goodwill towards all men’ – thanks to you!
Grateful thanks to all supporters and parishioners who shared their blessings with those less fortunate over the festive season. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to serve meals to the hungry … distribute food parcels to elderly folk at an old age home in Keinvlei … treat over 600 kids to a Christmas lunch in Bellville South … and distribute 124 x 10kg sacks of maize meal donated by the Rotary Club of George.
We are grateful for the dedication of Vincentians at parishes around the country, who gave up their own time to make sure the poor and hungry were not forgotten at this special time of year.
Thank you! As you gathered with your own family and friends to enjoy a Christmas meal, we hope your heart was filled with gladness, knowing others were able to enjoy the day as well, because you care.
But the plight of the poor and hungry and homeless doesn’t end with one unselfish act over Christmas. Which is why we hope you’ll make SSVP your favourite charity, and continue to support our efforts throughout the year ahead.
If possible, please consider making a regular monthly contribution. If you feed just one family a month, your kindness creates an ever widening ripple of hope for the future.
Thank you and may God bless you.
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.
Our Table View Conference in the Western Cape reports a busy year of activities aimed at alleviating the plight...
PEOPLE FED DAILY
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