Some facts about the wildly popular Saint Vincent de Paul:
- Contrary to local belief, not a Cubs fan
- In fact a Frenchman, born into a family of peasant farmers in 1581. Long before the advent of the MLB.
- A scholar of the Humanities and Theology
- Was once taken captive by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery (normal 16th century stuff). He converted his owner to Christianity and escaped.
- Founded the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity
- Renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity
No big deal.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Zealous Good’s newest partner organization, takes to heart the man’s spirit of compassion and generosity. The oldest charity in Chicago, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has served the underserved – low income families, the homeless, the elderly, children, and those in need of disaster relief – since 1857. With a dedicated legion of over 2,000 volunteers, the Society hosts several conferences and councils a year in addition to operating multiple thrift stores, from which all proceeds go to helping Chicagoans. In 2010, with $4million in donations, they provided assistance to over 500,000 people.
We are thrilled to join forces with SVDPChicago and to help them – and you – help others. Take a peek at their wishlist; donated items go to the hungry, homeless and low-income children, and woman and men in need. Items include clothing, non-perishable food items for their food pantries, and home goods, among others.
St. Vincent de Paul, he who escaped the Turkish pirates, would be pleased.