The Bill & Nellie Powers Family have donated a check for $10,000 to St. Vincent DePaul, in Lewisport, for 4 years now. Volunteer Coordinator for St. Vincent DePaul and Toys for Tots, Beth Payne, said that this large donation means that they will not have to stress over having enough money this year. “We have enough to take care of all the families that come to us that need help.”
John Powers said the money he and his family donates goes to Beth and she distributes it to wherever it’s most needed. “We’re going to use it for wherever we need the money,” she said. “St. Vincent DePaul does shoes, socks, underwear, coats and toys for the families that sign up through the school system, Toys for Tots and us. The County now is on its own. We still get toys from National Toys for Tots but financially every body picks up in the County and they donate to us and we don’t have to ask for money. Santa Sacks, which is the food, if Noel (Quinn) needs help with that then we help with that with this money as well.”
Powers said, on behalf of his entire family, that they donate the money because they want to help the community. “That’s what it amounts to and this is a great place to do it because you’re covering Santa Sacks and St. Vincent DePaul, which contributes big to the Santa Giveaway and that’s just what we decided to do,” he said.
Beth says that anyone who’d like to donate can drop-off new toys at St. Vincent DePaul or they can also do monetary donations. “We spend every bit of it on the programs. We don’t have any overhead on this. Every penny goes to the programs that we’re doing.”
She explained the age groups they help through each program. “Toys for Tots is donations for students in middle school and ages under. St. Vincent DePaul, if you sign up with them, they have help for anyone who is in school and younger. If you haven’t signed up through the Hancock County School system, you can go to St. Vincent DePaul and sign up.”
It is currently best for you to call St. Vincent DePaul at 270-295-3494 and leave your name and phone number and she will call you back. “Right now we’re at our top-out,” Beth said. “I do have plenty of coats. We like to get them a good, heavy coat. Most of the time I try to watch for them when they go on sale in August at Kohl’s. I bought all of the Columbia ones and other name brands that kids like to wear for around $20-$25 a coat. Which is a great buy for a heavy coat.”
She said she doesn’t think that people realize how much it costs to buy a child a good pair of athletic shoes. “Even a pack of underwear and a pack of socks is expensive,” she said. “Then when you start talking 200-300 kids, in just Hancock County. I don’t know why it’s gone up this year but we’re seeing a little bit more (in the programs).”
Saint Vincent DePaul Society of Hancock County is a Catholic, nonprofit organization that specializes in individual and family social services. Beth Payne, along with her volunteer coordinating responsibilities, is also the Manager of St. Vincent DePaul in Lewisport. The office and Thrift Store are located at 8185 U.S. Hwy 60 West and the hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Everything will be taken to the Lewisport Community Center on Monday, December 12th – toys that have been donated to Toys for Tots, Santa Sacks with food items and all of the items donated to St. Vincent DePaul, etc. and a team of volunteers will be sorting them for the Christmas Giveaway, which will be at the Lewisport Community Center, located at 15 Pell Street, on Thursday, December 15th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Recipients will drive in and give the volunteers their voucher. Some of the vouchers are for toys, clothes and food for families with children. If they are senior citizens and they don’t have children, their voucher will be for food.
If you’re interested in donating or volunteering your help to Santa Sacks, please call Noel Quinn at 270-929-2507.
If you didn’t know about these assistance programs and need help this Christmas, please call Julie Newton, Coordinator for Audubon Area Community Services and Director of the Hancock County Thrift Store & Food Pantry at 270-927-6500. Leave your name and number with her and what you are in need of assistance with specifically. Noel said that if there is anything leftover after the giveaway, they can give it out to those on this list.