Fluffy new blankets for everyone who's cold and suffering.
Please don't let the soup run out before every hungry person has been served.
Winter is on the way
Have you noticed the darker mornings and nip in the air? Shops full of tracksuits, cosy socks and slippers, puffy jackets and soft blankets? Adverts for soups, stews and other hearty meals to keep you warm and your tummy full of nutritious ingredients to help fight off winter colds and flu?
You may have already added extra blankets to your bed and dusted off the heater. Maybe winter – with its cosy clothes, hearty food and opportunities to cuddle into fleecy blankets – is your favourite time of year?
But imagine not having a warm meal to keep hunger pains away? Never mind clothes on your back to keep you warm. Your toes ache due to the cold. And life on the streets becomes a miserable battle for survival.
Right now, there are hundreds of people, South Africans, going to bed hungry and cold. They may not even make the night. Unless we do something to help them.
That’s where you come in.
Contributions from people like you make it possible for the St Vincent de Paul Society to run soup kitchens, where those who are going hungry can fill their stomachs with a cup of nourishing, warm soup, and a hunk of bread to dip.
With winter fast approaching, we’d also like to send those in need home with a warm blanket, socks and shoes on their feet and a jacket or jersey on their back.
It doesn’t seem much to ask – to be warm and given a meal. But for someone who has nothing, it could possibly even be the difference between life and death.
If we don’t help, who will? Please support us now by making your donation online.
We can’t turn a blind eye to those suffering – and we know Jesus wouldn’t have either.
Thank you for caring – 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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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