Dear Editor,

Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the local businesses, organizations, residents, and high school students of Marinette, Peshtigo, Porterfield and Walsh areas, all of whom participated in the St. Joseph Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Program for 156 area families in need.

Albert Schweitzer wrote: “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Please know that your “light” as one of your Christmas Family adopters and/or your financial support has rekindled the light for 385 children with Christmas gifts of clothes, toys, books, etc. That is 385 flames you have lit this Christmas season!

Major players in our Christmas Gift Program were the 101 adopters. The Marinette High School Student Senate, under supervisor Brenda Blystone, adopted 14 children and shopped for 20 of our registered children. Peshtigo High School Volunteer Club, under supervisor Dan Vanidestine, adopted seven children and shopped for 66 children. St. Thomas Aquinas Academy—both elementary and secondary campuses—adopted three children.

Holy Family parishioners adopted 143 children, JCI employees adopted 64 children, Peshtigo St. Mary’s and Walsh SS Joseph and Edward parishioners adopted 61 children, Bellin employees adopted 21, Kimberly Clark employees adopted 20, Triple C Riders adopted 10 children, Waupaca Foundry employees adopted six, Peshtigo Women’s Club adopted six. NWTC adopted a family of six, and Stephenson National employees adopted six children. WPS Foundation granted $500 toward our Christmas adoption program.

InVenture North allowed us to use one of the semi-bays for distribution and the Brandon Cacek family members were in charge of distribution and did an amazing job with the help of Christine Pecard and Patty and David Vieth.

Merry Christmas to all and Blessings of Joy, Hope and Peace for 2021 to all our living and deceased benefactors, friends in need, and fellow Vincentians.

Blessings on your day and on your work to help others in need.

Pete Mayhew

St. Joseph SSVdP Conference president