St. Vincent de Paul 2021 Christmas basket program to be held Dec. 17

St. Vincent de Paul has announced its Christmas food baskets will be distributed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 at the Second Harvest Food Bank, 31 N. Sycamore St.

The Christmas Basket Program provides the makings for a Christmas dinner to those in need. St. Vincent de Paul distributes about 1,500 boxes of food each year.

Distribution will be a drive-thru pick-up with participants remaining in their cars and volunteers will load baskets into the cars. Masks are required for those in the cars.

The public can call in and sign up between Nov. 29 and Dec. 10 at 937-325-8880 or 937-322-0838. Anyone calling to make a pantry appointment can also sign up for Christmas baskets. No sign ups can be made in-person at the pantry.

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Pick up times for Dec. 17 will be assigned at the time of sign up. Basket recipients are asked to show up at their assigned time to avoid traffic congestion and delays in receiving their basket.

St. Vincent de Paul still needs about 20 volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 17 to help distribute and load the baskets at the distribution. To volunteer, contact Rick Darr, Jerry Lawrence or Casey Rollins at the food pantry at 937-325-8880.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to help offset the cost of the baskets can do so by sending a donation to St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 94, Springfield, OH 45501 and marking the donation for Christmas baskets.

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When to sign up

The sign up dates and times include:

Monday. Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday. Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday. Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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