New Truck for SVDP NKY
After almost 20 years of hauling food and furniture, he Northern Kentucky council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s delivery truck was running on fumes and needed frequent, expensive repairs.
That one truck is vital to the Society’s work in Northern Kentucky. The Council’s main source of revenue is sales from its four thrift stores, and the truck delivers nearly all the donated goods to the Erlanger, Dayton, Newport and Falmouth locations; and is also used for delivery of beds and furniture to people in need and for deliveries to parish food pantries.
Thanks to a $75,000 grand from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, a new SVdP-NKY truck will be making deliveries for many years to come.
“We are so blessed to have received this funding” to purchase a new truck, says Executive Director Ralph Bradburn. “We now have a reliable truck that will help us continue to serve our neighbors in need. Thanks to the Foundation a burden has been lifted and our efforts of providing hope and assistance have become more efficient.”
Joe Larison, SVdP-NKY’s Transportation Director, says the timing to receive the truck could not be better. “We pick up an average of 29,000 lbs. of donated food per month that is distributed to our 19 parish pantries,” he says. “During the holidays and winter months, we see an increase in need from struggling families, especially for food.
“We were starting to get concerned that the old truck wouldn’t be able to get the job done.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations. Based on the idea of neighbors helping neighbors, area Society of St. Vincent de Paul chapters have been helping area residents in need for more than 140 years. Services include home visits provided by neighborhood-based volunteer groups, groundbreaking initiatives such as the Charitable Pharmacy and other programs, and a network of food pantries and thrift stores.
For information about the Society in Northern Kentucky, see www.svdpnky.org.
For more information about the Society in Cincinnati, see www.SVDPcincinnati.org.
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