SOMERSET, Mass. — During the month of March, the Greater Fall River Chapter of Mass. Citizens for Life teamed up with members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in several parishes in Fall River, Somerset, Swansea and Westport, to collect items for babies. The purpose was to provide a supply of items to help young families in need. The response was overwhelming.
Jerry Morrissette, SVdP district president encouraged, supported and approved this event and provided guidance within the society.
Some of the items collected were donated to A Woman’s Concern, a pregnancy help center on North Main Street, Fall River; Catholic Social Services; the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen at St. Bernadette Church in Fall River; and Marie’s Place in Fall River. Items included diapers, baby wipes, bibs, teething rings, pacifiers, receiving blankets, onesies and outfits for babies age zero to three months, three to six months, etc.
Fred Ramos, head of the Greater Fall River St. Vincent de Paul Conferences, collected the items from the various parishes that participated. He and his wife sorted, categorized, and distributed the items. With the help of Bill Conforti, from St. Thomas More Parish, several trips were necessary to collect and deliver all the baby goods.
Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners in the various parishes, it was determined that the merchandise collected was worth more than $3,000, plus a generous monetary contribution and some gift cards.
Also, nine SVdP chapters in the Fall River area collected $8,000 to help those less fortunate in the greater Fall River area. Those chapters were: Espirito Santo, St. Anne’s and Holy Trinity parishes in Fall River; Our Lady of Grace in Westport; St. Bernard’s in Assonet; St. John of God and St. Thomas More in Somerset; and St. Dominic’s and St. Francis of Assisi in Swansea.
This project has brought out the goodness and generosity of the parishioners in the Fall River Diocese.
On behalf of all those who will benefit from their generosity, the SVdP and MCFL expressed their gratitude.