August 29, 2008

Be Our Guest / Don Striegel

Thanks to volunteers and donations, more than food is distributed at St. Vincent de Paul Society in Indianapolis

You did not read about this in The Indianapolis Star, but there was another distribution of school supplies to needy families on Aug. 9.

Volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul Society purchased and collected paper, pencils, crayons, folders and other items throughout the year in order to provide these supplies to clients of our food pantry at 3001 E. 30th St. in Indianapolis. Most families also shopped for their weekly groceries while at the pantry on Aug. 9.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is grateful to Sharon and Morris Goss for coordinating the acquisition of supplies, and developing a plan for equitable distribution to needy families.

Also, thanks to Bob Sparks for providing the majority of funding for the annual project, and to the individuals that Sharon Goss recruited to help organize and pass out materials: Cindy Potter, Barb Fazio, Susan Obrey and Diane Saari.

Sharon and her team worked long and hard to set up an assembly line, manage the crowd and hand out the supplies.

The ladies were too busy unpacking and distributing material to worry about counting the number of needy students that received supplies, but Goss estimates that between 600 to 700 students received supplies as there was a constant flow of recipients from 8 a.m. until 12:15 pm.

For more information on the charitable works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Indianapolis area, or to make a donation to support our ministry, please visit our Web site at

Note that we are a 100 percent volunteer organization so every dollar goes to direct aid to the needy.

Thank you.

(Don Striegel is the Indianapolis chapter’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry’s volunteer coordinator.)

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