Thrift Store Sales
The holiday tempo begins to build in November. Volunteers at the Thrift Store start to pull out all the Christmas decorations, trees and similar items that go on sale all during December. The Store keeps a large tractor trailer for that purpose, and it takes until Christmas to empty it and prepare all the items for sale. Every weekend for six weeks a small cadre of dedicated volunteers works to accomplish this feat.
Christmas Tree Sales
The Shepherd of the Valley Knights of Columbus set up around the 1st of December, and began selling fresh trees for the holiday. Recent year's proceeds from the event were $2,200, and a large percentage of that money was donated to SVDP by the Knights.
On past Christmas Day's, over 200 folks enjoyed Christmas dinner at SVDP, assisted by over forty community volunteers who spent the day helping make this event so successful.
Besides the delicious turkey dinner, with most of the birds donated during the proceeding month, guests received an abundance of gifts resulting from the Giving Tree at Sacred Heart and the 150 Shoe Box Gifts donated by the students at Sacred Heart School. The volunteers for the two Home Visit Conferences also distributed gifts to the children in their areas during December.
All our volunteers and friends are to be congratulated for their contributions throughout the year and particularly during this time of love and peace.