Students help set up for homeless luncheon at St. Vincent de Paul Center

​​On November 13th, PBCSI hosted the final Donate-A-Day of the fall semester. Volunteers gathered on that Friday evening at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Lincoln Park to assist with the set up for the 41st annual homeless outreach luncheon that would take place the following day. At the luncheon, homeless individuals and families visit various stations inside the St. Vincent de Paul Center that provide them with winter clothing, medical assistance, and toys for the children. Everyone who attends the luncheon is fed a home cooked turkey meal. This year, the center expected 400-450 people in attendance. 

This was the second year in a row that PBCSI participated in the set up portion of the event. Donate-A-Day volunteers were assigned various set up tasks including sorting out clothing and setting up the different stations to ensure the next day would run smoothly. Maria Puppo Martinez, a second-year student at DePaul said: “The November Donate-a-Day was fantastic! I had already volunteered last year and was eager to participate again this year. It is a terrific opportunity to serve families in need and prepare a great Thanksgiving for them. Everyone deserves to celebrate this day, and it is up to us to make it possible.” DePaul students worked with other volunteers to ensure that the set up was complete on Friday evening. 

If you missed this opportunity there will be more Donate-A-Day events during the spring semester, with the first event being held in January.