Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago

Everyday Items

St. Vincent de Paul Helps VeteransA young veteran requested monetary assistance from St. Vincent de Paul. Things were a little tough for him but never the less he continued with his education and looking for work. During the visit it was noted that there was no kitchen table or chairs. He told the volunteers that what he had others had gotten rid of in the complex where he lived and that is how he obtained what he had. Another item that he was in need of was a bed frame for his mattress, which was on the floor in his bedroom.

Within a few days of the initial visit, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers had found a kitchen table with chairs and delivered them to him. He was grateful to have a place to sit down and eat his meals. The bed frame took a little more time to acquire. Calls were made to several local mattress stores to try to get a bed frame donated but the only way to accomplish this would be through corporate, which is not a fast process.

God must have been looking out for this client as we continued calling more mattress stores until finally we got lucky. An employee at the mattress store had just bought her dad a new mattress set with a frame and was willing to donate to us the old frame, which was in good condition. The employee was elated that she was able to help us help someone in their time of need. Arrangements were made to pick it up and deliver it to the client. The client was taken by surprise and ever so grateful to have his mattress on a bed frame because he lives his life as an amputee. 

Everyday items that we tend to take for granted mean a lot to someone who does not have them.

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