September 19, 2008

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Upcoming family events will help the needy in Indianapolis area

You can attend one of several upcoming family-friendly events close to home while also helping the poor in the Indianapolis area.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, there is free admission—a $13 value for adults—to the Indy Irish Fest with a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The food drive is held in conjunction with the Celtic Mass celebrated on the Hibernian stage at Military Park in Indianapolis at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27, is the first-ever “Friends of the Poor, Walk a Mile in My Shoes” event. The walk begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at Washington Park,

3130 E. 30th St., in Indianapolis, across from the St. Vincent de Paul Pratt-Quigley Center/Pantry.

Non-competitive 1- and 5-kilometer walks will be held to raise funds for the ministries of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Funds can be designated to support a parish conference or the city-wide special works ministries (food pantry and distribution center). Registration, sponsorship and pledge information is available at

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, Marian College will host St. Francis College in a football game at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Admission to the game is free with a minimum donation of three non-perishable food items. The food will be collected by the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and sorted for distribution to needy families who regularly visit the pantry at 3001 E. 30 St.

All donations are appreciated, but the following items are in most need: canned meats, fish, stews, peanut butter, all types of pasta, box dinners, various box mixes, cereal and canned fruit.

For more information on the charitable works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Indianapolis area, 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.

- Don Striegel, Pantry Volunteer Coordinator, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Indianapolis

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