Donate your Lenten savings and help feed a poor family
Turn your Lenten sacrifices into hope for the poor
As we know, Lent is a time of reflection, repentance and self-sacrifice. For many, self-denial means ‘giving up’ something – sweets, chocolates, cigarettes, alcohol or even social media.
But Lent is also a reminder of our Christian values of charity and love. Something our Lord showed in abundance when He gave up His life for us.
So why not use the money you save by not buying those items you’re giving up for Lent to help someone in need?
Making a contribution to the St Vincent de Paul Society ensures that your Lenten sacrifices make a real difference … bringing some hope to the poorest of the poor. People who go without bread – not only during Lent, but every day of the year.
Donations of food, blankets, clothing and other basic necessities are also gratefully received. Why not use this time to go through your cupboards and consider marking the 40 days of Lent by giving away 40 items in good condition? Or take your children grocery shopping and let them pick out 40 items for the poor. Then drop off the groceries at your local St Vincent de Paul Society.
Or consider donating your time. Volunteers are always welcome at any St Vincent de Paul Society. You could help pack food parcels, sort donations, peel and chop vegetables for a soup kitchen or serve meals to the poor and homeless.
Let’s make this Lenten season a time of renewed compassion and generosity. 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.
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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