Queen of Angels

John HigginsBeing different makes a difference

For most children, the anticipation of celebrating their birthday with friends brings about a well-crafted wish list of presents - the toy they've been eyeing at the store or the latest video game. But a SVdP Easter food distribution at Queen of Angels Church in Chicago gave soon-to-be eight year old John Higgins, son of longtime parishioners Don and Monica Higgins, the inspiration to do something different.

John decided to have a mini food drive of his own at his birthday party. John requested that in lieu of gifts, his friends bring canned or bagged food items to help feed the poor. 22 enthusiastic children and their parents brought bags and boxes filled with food items that quickly filled the back of the family's minivan.

The Higgins family, very appreciative of the overwhelming generosity of the children and parents who donated items, selected SVdP at Queen of Angels to benefit from the mini food drive because it helps people right in their own neighborhood. "We should donate to SVdP because they help poor people who don't have as much as us," John said.

To learn how you too can help your neighbors in need with food donations, contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at 312.655.7183.