Editor's Note: This month the Herald is featuring a series of stories on the Holiday Wish Lists of Mid-Columbia nonprofits and how you can help.
The local Society of St. Vincent de Paul can't fill every need its clients might have in a week.
But the assistance the Pasco-based group provides, from food boxes to clothing to other emergency help, is "an important part of many people's plan for getting by," said Ted Scott, the society's president.
The clients "may have a minimum wage job or a couple of part-time jobs, and they rely on the box of food every week to supplement what they can provide for themselves" -- freeing up a little money for utility bills or other expenses, Scott told the Herald.
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The society relies on help from the community to serve the individuals and families that pass through its doors. Donations of clothing and household items top its holiday wish list, along with cash donations for its building fund.
A bridge loan from Community First Bank is helping the society finish its new 16,000-square-foot warehouse and service center on South Sixth Avenue in Pasco, which is expected to open in January. But the nonprofit still needs to raise about $500,000.
The new facility will replace St. Vincent's existing site on West Lewis Street. The city bought the property to make way for the planned Lewis Street overpass.
The society is seeing many local residents in need. Its food bank, which primarily serves those who live in Pasco and other parts of Franklin County but doesn't turn others away, saw more than 3,100 families in November, including nearly 390 who'd never sought assistance there before.
The group also provides clothing and household items, among other help.
Sina Pierret, food bank manager and past president, said officials hope to be able to offer even more services, such as classes on budgeting and nutrition, in the new building.
The society could use a flagpole and bicycle racks for the new facility. It also needs sleeping bags, blankets, pots and pans, men's clothing, coats, hats and gloves, baby clothes, diapers, hygiene items such as toothpaste and soap, strollers and high chairs.
For more information, call 544-9315 or go to www.svdppasco.org. The society's mailing address is PO Box 4273, Pasco, WA 99302-4273.
Donations also can be made in person at the St. Vincent site at 115 W. Lewis St. on Mondays and Wednesdays this month, before the group moves. The new building is at 215 S. Sixth Ave., Pasco.
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @saraTCHerald