October 10, 2008

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A big ‘thank you’ to all who supported Society of St. Vincent de Paul walk

As part of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the first “Friends of the Poor, Walk a Mile in My Shoes” non-competitive walk was held on Sept. 27 in Indianapolis, which was also the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Indianapolis Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the more than 60 participants who took part in the walk and their financial supporters for contributing more than $6,200.

Funds will be used to help the poor either in particular parishes or at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and distribution center.

We are also grateful to the walk’s corporate sponsors, PFM and Kline’s Water, and to Stan’s Signs and Adrian Orchards for in-kind donations.

The planning committee for this first walk is pleased overall with the results, but we are very determined to make the second annual walk next September much better in the areas of participation, pledges and sponsorships.

Please note that the “Friends of the Poor” walk does not replace the annual CROP Walk for World Hunger held on the third Sunday in October each year. Some parishes participate in the CROP Walk, and the St. Vincent de Paul council is a grateful recipient of a portion of the funds raised locally.

Thanks again to everyone for your role in helping the St. Vincent de Paul Society help the needy.

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

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