The Society of St Vincent de Paul will hold its annual collection at all Masses on December 8 and 9.
“During the past year our volunteers have worked hard on behalf of people in need. We could not do this without the financial support you have given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul,” said the society’s area president, Kevin Donohoe. “We are very grateful for your donations and generosity which at this testing time for everybody has no doubt, eaten into scarce resources of donors but has the power to change the lives of so many people here in our community who are even worse off.”
Highlighting the increase in requests for help over the past few years, he said: “At this time basics are the priority – bread on the table, coal for the fire, children going to school with a lunch – but also education; for those born into the trap of poverty and other desperate situations, education is the only way out.”
“Many others find themselves caught with the loss of a job, resulting in mortgage problems, while others have debts to moneylenders and other institutions. One in four is a now first-time caller to St Vincent de Paul,” Mr Donohoe said.
Volunteers are also needed, and the society’s shop in Butts Green, Kilkenny accepts donations of good clothing and other items by the public.