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5th annual Walk for Those in Need

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St John Vianney Church is hard at work preparing for our 5th "Walk for Those in Need" charity fundraiser. Our organization has been serving our community for seven years and this fundraiser goes a long way in raising the funds that allow us to help so many people.

Our walk will be held on May 6 at the lovely Triple Creek Park located on Hwy 31 in Gallatin. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m.

Our Conference works very hard to meet the needs of those who contact us finding themselves in a situation where they have more expenses than income usually resulting from some crisis that has occurred in their lives. When you live in a smaller community like Gallatin, there is very little help available. Our conference is one of the United Way Agencies in Sumner County which increases our responsibilities and the demands on us for our resources.

Our request for help range from 50 to 100 calls a week. What makes us unique is that we meet with our clients in their homes which allows us to develop a better picture of the need that is present, shows true concern for their situation and helps them to feel more comfortable in their home environment. In addition to the help that we provide, we will give the clients referrals where other services may be possible. We also partner with other churches an agencies in the community when the clients need is larger than any one organization can satisfy.

Monies from our fundraising efforts are used to help our clients with typical expenses like rent and utilities and we also help in areas that most agencies will not, such as; funeral expenses, medicine and doctor bills, transportation to other cities to name a few. We also provide thanksgiving boxes, school supply backpacks and help with Christmas gifts.

Since our staff is all volunteer our overhead is very low which allows 95 percent of our funds to be used for those in crisis.

If you want to participate, register on line @www.walkforthoseinneed.com. For donations only, mail to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, Walk for Those in Need, 449 North Water Ave, Gallatin, TN 37066. Checks should be made out to SVDP Walk for Those in Need. For additional info, call Gail Payne at (615) 230-8822.

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