From all around Bay Ridge and beyond, generous donors came with stuffed bags and happy smiles. Some walked – carrying their gifts, some came with overflowing shopping carts, and most came in their cars to drop off bags filled with clothing – to support the good work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The annual spring event, sponsored by the St. Anselm Holy Name Society, held during the morning Masses on Sunday, May 6th, offered parishioners and their neighbors (”I’m not a member of your parish, but I heard about it from my neighbor”, was a frequent reponse when asked – “How did you learn about the drive”?) an opportunity to clear out their closests and draws as the seasons changed and at the same time do some “good works” (one of the mottoes of the St. Vincent DePaul Society) for those less fortunate.
The donors were greeted with a smile and thank you from members of the parish and the Holy Name Society and a helping hand from the St. Vincent DePaul driver – Laurent.
In the fall, the parish will hold its next clothing drive, the Louise Troisi Professional Clothing Drive, which helps young people enter the professional job market by providing suitable wardrobes. Check the church bulletin and parish website for details after Labor Day.
Thank you to all the donors who kept in their hearts the words of St. Vincent, “Charity toward the neighbor is an infallible sign of the children of God”.
All the best,
The St. Anselm Publicity Committee