The Christmas meal for 79 local families serviced by St. Vincent de Paul just got a little brighter this year thanks to the efforts of the Alpena Snowdrifters Club. Members of the club recently supplied the non-profit agency with 79 turkeys, plus an additional gift card donation.
Each year the club selects a charity to support for the holidays, and for the second year in a row that charity is St. Vincent's.
"Rather than exchange Christmas presents at our party we pass the hat," said Sheila Lieber, who organizes the holiday giveaway for the Snowdrifters.
News Photo by Diane Speer
Members of the Alpena Snowdrifters Club recently donated these turkeys, 79 in all, to St. Vincent de Paul. Pictured are Bob Lieber, Judy Denison, Sue Eller, Stan Cole, Shiela Lieber, Bob Eller, Jerry Janeski, Bill Welk and Arlene Wallace.
The turkeys were purchased at Walmart, which gave the club a great price, she said.
According to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Manager Sheri Allen, the turkeys and the gift card will help out at this time of year when budgets get even tighter for those living on limited funds.
"It's just a rough time at Christmas time," Allen said. "Heating bills get higher, a lot of bills get higher and there seems to be less money for food. Food seems to fall at the bottom of the list."
St. Vincent's does food giveaways every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m.
"These turkeys will go very quickly," Allen said.
In November alone, St. Vincent's helped 185 new individuals. The new people, combined with the other people helped, bring the total number served during November to 907.
Besides food, the agency provides assistance with heating bills, utility shut-off notices and rent. Help with any of those needs is done by appointment only.
As far as what items the agency currently is in need of, Allen said St. Vincent's always can use donations of food, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies that aren't normally covered by other forms of assistance. Cash donations are always welcome as well.
Since St. Vincent's thrift store moved to a new location on US-23-S, there has been an increase in sales. Even so, the need for help among those less fortunate in the community still exists.
"We're really blessed in this community, and we try to help out," Lieber said of the motivation of the Snowdrifters to do their part to assist St. Vincent's.
For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, call 354-3671.