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Friends of the Poor seventh annual walk is Sept. 29

By: Gail Davenport and Ron Morin
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            On Sept. 29, the Lincoln Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul will hold its seventh annual walk to benefit those in need in Lincoln, Sheridan, Wheatland and Nicholas.

The event will begin at the corner of 6th and D streets at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Participants will walk about one mile through downtown Lincoln, ending back at the Parish Hall at 6th and D streets.

            Everyone is invited to participate and gather sponsors who are asked to donate money for each walker. Those who are interested in helping but do not plan to walk can sponsor St. Joseph Pastor, Father Eric Lofgren or Parochial Vicar, Father Apolonio Catada. T-shirts identifying Walk for the Poor supporters are available for $5.

Participants can sign up in the narthex of St. Joseph’s Church before and after all masses on the September weekends where they can also buy T-shirts and mugs, or at 10 a.m. at the walk’s start.

            Friends of the Poor walk proceeds go to the Lincoln Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul.  The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Lincoln donates more than $100,000 per year to local families in need, providing assistance with rent, utilities, food, medicine, transportation, furnishings and clothes.

            Funds are raised through monetary donations from the St. Joseph Catholic Church parishioners, the Knights of Columbus, Bundle Weekend donations of furniture, clothes and household items sold in the Saint Vincent de Paul Sacramento thrift store and the Friends of the Poor walk.

The Lincoln Hills Foundation has provided additional grant money to go toward seniors over 55 in Lincoln who need help with the usual necessities, as well as past due uninsured medical expenses and physical therapy, prescriptions and prescribed medical devices and equipment.

Lincoln Walmart has also awarded several grants to the Lincoln Saint Vincent de Paul conference to help buy food cards to feed those in need.

            The Friends of the Poor Walk is an event now in its 11th year nationally. Many local businesses sponsor the walk. One hundred percent of donations go directly to administering to those in need. No administrative costs are taken from donated funds. Members fund the running of the organization entirely and pay all expenses necessary to make home visits, deliver groceries and provide help to those in need. No one residing in the designated area is turned away, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or cultural background.

            The Lincoln Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is a member of the International Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and also supports disaster relief efforts throughout the nation and the world.

            Everyone is invited to participate in this community event designed to bring all Friends of the Poor together for a giant show of support, to raise funds and increase awareness of area residents in need.

For more information or to arrange to pick up a sponsor pledge sheet, available in English and Spanish, call 916-645-7201.