Written by Jane Flischel, Vincentian
Conference Uniquely Meets Community Needs
As summer arrives, the St Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Mary in Franklin begins to prepare for the annual Christmas Gift Fair for the forty neediest families in our community. Each of our families receives food baskets and individual gifts totaling between $300 and $500, depending on the size of the family.
Partnerships for Good
Our conference works with our local Knights of Columbus members to host a parish Fish Fry during Lent where each group splits the donations. Our profits from this event go to buy gifts, or gift cards, for our forty families. We organize a yearly Giving Tree two weeks before Thanksgiving so parish members can take the tags with suggestions for donations. Children in these families “shop” for their parents and wrap their gifts with the help of parish members who donate most of the food, our Public School Religion classes who donate personal hygiene products, and our High School Youth Group. Every year, the Gift Fair becomes a fun parish event! The next few months leading up to Christmas are a special time for our conference and parish to take care of the St Vincent de Paul clients in the Franklin, Carlisle, and Springboro communities. This is our special way to share the gifts we believe God has given us.
St Vincent de Paul has 35 conferences throughout the greater Dayton area. These conferences spread the mission of helping those in need through a variety of ways, unique to their neighborhood’s needs. You can get involved and find your conference using your Zip code.
We can make Dayton a better place together!