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Donations

 
Unlike most Christmas productions in the city, there is no admission charge for Christmas at DePaul. Instead, we request a donation to support St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s Food Pantry and Sandwich Window. The intention behind this event is that we celebrate this joyous season together while ministering to those in need in the spirit of Saint Vincent.
 
Below is a list of items that will impact the parish services in the greatest way. Cash or check donations will also be accepted at the doors. Checks should be made out to St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Commission.
  • Men's or women's white socks
  • Men's winter gloves (size Med-XL)
  • Men's or women's winter hats
  • Ground Coffee 39 oz or less
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Green Tea
  • Sugar 5Lbs or less
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Pudding Cups
  • Apple Sauce

About St. Vincent de Paul Parish Services

The Saint Vincent’s Mother Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Window began in 1980 in a small room in the Parish center.

Working poor families, parents of young children, and the elderly are among those who need Mother Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Window assistance to help make ends meet.

  • 39% of the households who receive food include at least one employed adult
  • About 33% of the people served are children under 18
  • 10% are 65 and older
  • 25% of households have at least one family member in poor health
  • 10% own the place where they live
  • 9% of clients are homeless
During the year, parishioner volunteers will serve over 30,000 sandwiches, about 1,000 special holiday meals, and 45,000 cups of coffee from the sandwich window in the Seton room.
 
In addition to parishioners, DePaul faculty, staff, and students volunteer on what has come to be known as DePaul Mondays.
 
The number of households the Mother Seton Food Pantry serves on a monthly basis is over 230. This translates into an average of nearly 700 individuals being helped a month, over 8,250 for the year. The service also includes DePaul University students.
 
The Soup Kitchen is open 6 days a week, serving an average of 125 meals a day. The total for last year was just over 32,500 meals served.