The Power of One


Last year we shared a story of young girl with an extraordinary heart. Mia had to write about what she would do with $100. She wrote about how she would raise money for St. Vincent de Paul Center. Even more impressively, Mia made her school assignment a reality when she used her birthday as an occasion to ask friends and guests for gifts and donations for St. Vincent's.  This year, she did the same thing and today we received her gifts of clothes, toys, and baby items for clients at St. Vincent de Paul Center.  In honor of such a wonderful young lady, we also share her original story with you.

The Power of One

On June 25, 2012, two young ladies, Mia and Abby, visited St. Vincent de Paul Center to make a very special delivery. As part of a school project, Mia wrote a letter describing what she would do with 100 dollars. In her letter, Mia spoke about how she would give her money to her aunt Dorothy Jiganti, a long-time supporter and Board Member at the Center. However, Mia did not just stop there. She made her wishes a reality by gathering donations to give to the children, seniors and homeless St. Vincent's serves. She requested that attendees to her birthday party donate presents and she also went door-to-door collecting items. The result: a truck full of toys, clothes, books, and other items to benefit the clients at St. Vincent's. We are so proud of Mia and thankful for her generosity and her shining example. You can read her letter below in full.

If I had 100 dollars...

If I had 100 dollars what would I do? I would give to my Aunt Dorothy, because she volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Center which is a place for children, adults and seniors. They have a great program for kids they go there when parents can't aford child care or when they are working or getting an education. St. Vincent de Paul also helps adults or parents by taking care of their children and giving them warm meals and clothing. St. Vincent de Paul has a lovely center for seniors. Seniors can go to have a meal or to have friendly people to talk to. My Aunt Dorothy would use the money for books for the kids, meals for the homeless, and clothes for everyone. The best thing my Aunt Dorothy does is donates her time and love to everyone. St. Vincent de Paul is a great free place for people who need help and who want to help. 100 dollars well spent!
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