Every year, Saint Vincent de Paul places a Christmas tree (Angel Tree) in the Narthex of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Easton a few weeks before Christmas. The tree is festooned with different colored tags denoting various local agencies; these tags represent the wishes of individuals needing assistance. Parishioners and others may take a tag (or several) and return them with the gifts purchased. This year we provided gifts for 640 individuals, mostly children and some seniors. Volunteer Debbie Molchan oversaw this project this year, and was assisted by SVdP volunteers, who helped with the collection and distribution of the gifts. J. Scott and Mary Ellen Carter generously provided office space for drop off and storage of these wrapped gifts. The Easton Ice Hawks Hockey Team helped us deliver the packages to SSPP School for the Hispanic Community. Gifts from St. Vincent de Paul were also provided for Talbot County Social Services, The Neighborhood Service Center, Talbot County Health Department and Talbot Head Start.Donations of toiletries where provided by Ed and Elaine Bednarz and toothbrushes came from Dr. Christine Houck Morris.
The SVdP food pantry distributed 230 bags of groceries to area families the Saturday before Christmas. Needy families were provided turkeys, hams and beef as well as produce, pies and other holiday menu items.
A party was hosted by St. Vincent de Paul at the Detention Center on December 15th for detainees and their families. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Tong a group of Vincentians served food, took family photos, provided games and other activities for the children in attendance. Face painting by artist Nancy Tankersly added to the children’s enjoyment of the party. Gifts for each child were arranged by Michaela Early and included model race cars which Michael Klein obtained from Benedictine School.