Sonya Brinkman and Michelle Martin went on their first “home visits” this past week. Our Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent de Paul does many different activities to help those who are less fortunate, but “home visits” are the fundamental work of the Society. These occur when someone in need contacts Blessed Sacrament urgently needing financial help. We set up a visit in the home of the person needing help, and two of our members visit them to see what we, as Catholics, can do to help. Welcome Sonya and Michelle!
· Thanks very much to everyone who supported last Sunday’s homeless luncheon! One of our SVdP members bought and donated about 175 of largest baked potatoes you have ever seen. SVdP members wrapped them in aluminum foil after our last meeting, and then the donor baked the potatoes last Sunday morning. Special insulated bags kept the potatoes piping hot until they were served at 1 p.m. that day. Besides baked potatoes, butter, sour cream and cheese, we served chili, Fritos, dessert items and water. Due to the recent bitterly cold weather, with Sunday’s weather being very nice, we had a huge turnout of homeless Wichitans, and poor families who brought their children. (Note, a special thank you to members of the Parish family who donate a Sam’s card every month to help offset the costs of the homeless luncheon!)
· Sadly, a parishioner who works at a local hospital told us that they currently have two cases of frostbite at the hospital; one man lost fingers due to the cold and one man lost his legs. Thanks to all who support our annual coat and blanket drive to try to prevent this type of tragedy.
· Thanks to everyone who helped move the belongings of a St. Vincent de Paul client from one rental home to another last Saturday. This Mother and four children were being evicted, but SVdP was able to help her get a new apartment. Unfortunately, she didn’t have any way to move most of her belongings, and was on the verge of losing all of her possessions! St. Vincent de Paul volunteers brought trucks and muscles and were able to move all of the possessions to the new apartment, and the young Mother and children were extremely appreciative.
· The food of the month for the Weekend Kids’ Food Program is canned soup (microwaveable cans are convenient for the kids).