Christmas Gift Ideas

There are 40 days until Christmas, and–if you haven’t already–it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Recently, we’ve taken to Pinterest to round up a few DIY crafts that would make excellent gifts for your loved ones.

 

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Tea Cup Candles – These teacup candles from The Frugal Girls can be funky, modern, or elegant depending on the teacups you choose. Shop our resale stores for a great variety of quality, low-cost tea cups for this project. http://thefrugalgirls.com/2012/03/how-to-make-teacup-candles.html

 

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Neck Tie Wreath – Purchase ties from our stores for this project. You can customize the colors to fit any holiday, season or occasion. Check out Sadie’s Season Goods for a tutorial. http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/fly-tie-on-the-4th-of-july/

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A Look Back at our 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look back at some of the things we were able to accomplish this past year.

  • A third resale store, Vinnie’s Community Store, was opened on Western Avenue.
  • The Ardmore Distribution Center and resale store moved to Bendix Drive.
  • In partnership with The Center for the Homeless, we began a 6-8 week Transition to Work Program that provides valuable on the job training for individuals living at the Center for the Homeless. Participants gain job skills while working in our Western Avenue resale store. Already this program has seen success, with one individual graduating from the program and finding a full-time maintenance job at a local business.
  • We launched our first ever virtual food drive through Amazon, bringing in more than 500 pounds of food for our pantry.
  • 25 children attended our Food for Thought Summer Fun and Enrichment Camp, learning about nutrition and nature.

And most notably, we held our first Vinnie’s Runway as part of the 7th Annual Legacy Dinner and Silent Auction in April 2015. Vinnie’s Runway highlighted 16 individuals who have a meaningful connection to SVDP, whether their connection is through volunteering or through a community partnership. Each Vinnie’s Runway participant aimed to raise $5,000 from friends, family, and others in the community.

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Thank You For Your Support

During our 2014 fiscal year, we were able to accomplish some amazing things because of the support of our staff, volunteers, donors, and community. One of the reasons our organization has been around for more than 111 years is due to the generosity of people in the Michiana area. When you donate your time, material goods, or monetary possessions, you are helping fight poverty in St. Joseph County. Thank you for your support.

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Volunteer with a Friend

Friendships are an important part of our existence. We all have that special person to confide in, laugh with, cry with and pray with. Why not take that friendship to the next level by volunteering together? Giving to others- in the form of time, talent and smiles- impacts you in amazing ways that have a massive influence on your well-being.  Research shows that giving to others makes people

  • Significantly happier
  • More satisfied with their lives
  • Physically healthier
  • Live longer!

Why Volunteer with a Friend?

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Jean Fox and Stephanie (Stevie) Morgano both moved to St. Joe County to be closer to their children. Both retired and widows, they wanted to meet people and have fun while doing something productive in the community. Their daughters suggested doing volunteer work, and they contacted the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

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Who We Are and What We Do

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Who Are We:

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded at St. Patrick’s Parish in 1904. At 111 years old, our organization is one of the oldest nonprofits in the St. Joseph County area to provide direct support to people in the community. Since 1904, we have expanded our programs and now serve more than 70,000 people each year.

What We Do:

The St. Vincent de Paul Society does more than operate thrift stores. Through our location on Crescent Avenue, we provide financial assistance, emergency food, clothing and furniture vouchers, low cost goods through our thrift stores, and educational resources to break the cycle of poverty. We are the only nonprofit organization that provides emergency services by doing into a person’s home. At our core, we strive to make our community a better place to live. We empower individuals to attain self-suffiency while maintaining their dignity.

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It’s Time for Christmas at SVDP!

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas sweater for your holiday festivities, stop by any of our SVDP thrift stores to get fun sweaters for only $3! I found these two on my recent trip to the Greenwood store! Pair with some green pants (we have plenty of those too!) and you’ll be a holiday fashion showstopper.

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Also, an often overlooked section of merchandise at thrift stores is the book collection. I found a ton of great novels (including the whole Harry Potter series) during my last visit. Books are a great Christmas present idea and the prices beat any used bookstore around!

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Warm up for Winter Football Season at SVDP

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These t-shirts would be great Christmas presents!

As the weather gets colder, it becomes increasingly more difficult to balance comfort and style. This is especially true at the home football games. You want to dress with spirit but do so knowing that you will not be able to feel your toes by the 4th quarter. One way to solve this dilemma is by visiting St. Vincent de Paul stores. On a recent visit I found vintage Notre Dame sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and long-sleeved t-shirts. Like always, the best part is that the sweatshirts and gloves are only $2 and hats and scarves are $1. What a bargain!

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