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The Spirit of Giving

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul by Bonna L. Nelson “When I was hungry you gave me food; When I was thirsty you gave me drink; When I was a stranger you welcomed me; When I was naked you clothed me; When I was ill you came to my health; When I was in prison you visited me; Whenever you do this, you do it for me!” (Matthew 25:35-40) Sunbeams danced on the hunter green roof of the new Society of St. Vincent de Paul building as I pulled onto the parking lot on a Tuesday morning. A mid-size truck sitting by the curb near the front door announced, “We Help People, Since 1845.” Volunteers were bustling here and there. It reminded me of Santa’s workshop. One fellow was pick-

ing up rocks from the hard soil in the newly planted green lawn surrounding the facility. Others were unloading brown grocery bags, filled with food and clothes, from cars and hauling them in the door. More volunteers were preparing for the arrival of patrons, as they do every Tuesday (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and Saturday (from 9 a.m. to noon), at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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Tidewater Times December 2012  

December 2012 Tidewater Times

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