This year’s St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal is called “We can’t do it alone”.
“Most of our work goes to helping families with food, energy and education costs,” said Regional President Liam Reilly. “We depend entirely on donations from the public and corporate donors for this work. The generousity of Louth people to SVP over the years has been outstanding.
“Many individuals and organisations find something to give, even though they have their own difficulties.
Calls for assistance to the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have more than doubled since 2009 and are continuing to increase.
And the profile of those looking for help is changing.
“Figures show that the cost of providing direct assistance has also escalated, from €24m in 2007 to over €40m now,” said Liam. “Helping families with their energy costs has tripled in the same period.”
SVP members see at first hand the impact that the economic crisis has had on struggling households, both those experiencing long-term disadvantage and those experiencing need for the first time.
People can support the SVP annual appeal by making donations directly or visiting www.svp.ie/appeal. These include a virtual gift store www.svp.ie/giftstore.
In addition there is a Giving Tree and Food appeal opportunities. Details at www.svp.ie/givingtree & www.svp.ie/foodappeal respectively. Companies who wish to order their SVP Christmas cards can find details at www.svp.ie/corporatecards or if they wish to organise their own fund-raising events for SVP can do so at www.svp.ie/runanevent.
SVP also manages 970 social housing units, has 344 emergency beds per night available for the homeless, operates 15 day care centres, 150 shops and many breakfast, homework and revision clubs.