“We had a lady come in the other day wanting to know what she and a couple of her friends could gather for the holiday baskets,” Willett said. “That's so refreshing.”
Instead of its usual toy drive for Christmas, this year St. Vincent de Paul will be focusing on the elderly.
“We will be working with Dogwood Trails Assisted Living, home healthcare groups and some of the veterans groups to provide a gift basket for the elderly who don't have any family or who are lonely at Christmas and would appreciate that gesture,” Willett said.
Dogwood Trails Assisted Living will hold an Indian taco food drive in November. Four cans of food will be the cost of admission.
“All of the food collected will go to St. Vincent de Paul, that's another way the public can help support us,” Willett said.
Monetary donations can be sent to St. Vincent de Paul at the following address: SVDP, 503 N. Queen St., Palestine, TX, 75801. For more information, call Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 903-729-2463.
The St. Vincent de Paul board includes Willett as president, treasurer Pete Garza and secretary Irma Cobbs.