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“ ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IS TO LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS YOU WOULD LOVE GOD .”
KATIE LOYD , PRESIDENT OF ST . VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY
She said in 2019 , the St . Vincent dePaul Society locally provided food for 1,731 families and gave financial assistance to 388 families . The financial assistance is given once a year per family .
Stancil noted that the society “ is a spiritual program to help the members interact with each other and then you have more interaction when you see the need out there . You see these wonderful people out there who are caught up in unemployment , poverty , sickness or being elderly .”
Loyd credits the dedicated volunteers , church and others for the longevity of the society . “ None of this could be done without the support of the church and the community ,” she said . The church supports St . Vincent dePaul with financial donations and donations of food and clothing .
Stancil points out that while people often think of Christmas as the time of giving , “ People need help year round .”
St . Vincent dePaul is open at Sacred Heart Church Monday , Wednesday and Friday from 9 - 11:45 a . m . For more information call 256-737-5131 .
Guy Swope prepares a client package .
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