Christian Service Center holiday donations a success in parish
Wednesday, more than 20 volunteers from Vermilion Parish and the Christian Service Center in Abbeville spent a day of service collecting donations for Food Net in order to help the less fortunate residents of Vermilion Parish. The donation drive took place outside Super 1 Foods from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and coordinator Donald Domingue said he was pleased with this year’s turnout.
Christian Service Center Director Darla Castille said although she was unable to attend the event due to illness, she is very pleased with the outcome.
“I want to thank all of the people from throughout Vermilion Parish who made the drive a success,” she said. Castille said she would especially like to thank all those who donated, but said she was blessed with the help of more than 20 volunteers who helped make the food drive a success.
“We did top the numbers from last year,” Castille said about the success of the drive. She estimated the drive collected 10 tons of food donations, which is one-half ton more than they collected last year. In addition, Castille said she received $4,033 in monetary donations, just $80 shy of last year’s total.
Castille said without another hurricane, which is the cause of the shortage of rations in the Service Center pantry, the Christian Service Center will be able to make it through another year. She added the donations will be dispersed among low-income or unemployed residents, including those who receive food stamps or other assistance, and to all people of Vermilion Parish who qualify for assistance.
The Christian Service Center also accepted a donation from the Knights of Columbus Chapter 2281 in Abbeville, who donated 10 turkeys for Christmas. Charles Dill, deputy grand knight, along with former grand knight Farrell Fontenot delivered the turkeys to the Service Center Monday to help those who were not able to receive a turkey for Thanksgiving to receive one for Christmas.
Castille said although some 100 turkeys were delivered during Thanksgiving, some 20-30 people were not able to receive one. She said these turkeys will make those who did not receive a turkey on Thanksgiving have a happier Christmas by having a special turkey dinner.
Castille said the Christian Service Center is still accepting turkey or ham donations at their location at 701 Chevis St. in Abbeville Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on the Christian Service Center services, or to make a donation, please call (337) 893-9756.