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St. Vincent de Paul back in business

The local Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants the community to know that it has finally secured a warehouse space, so people can keep the donations coming.
The organization provides furniture and household items for people in need, many of whom are moving into homes from shelters or prisons. It lost about five truckloads worth of furniture, its truck, and its place to store the items in a warehouse fire last month.
Following the fire, the charity had been struggling to find a new storage space, so that it could take donations, and this week, a warehouse was secured.
“We’ve secured a lovely facility on very favourable terms,” said Don Baran, president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Guelph Particular Council.
The lovely facility is the former FastForms building on Massey Road – the same location where the Friends of the Guelph Public Library hold their Giant Used Book Sale, said Baran.
He said he was unconcerned about the possibility that the building might be sold.
“That’s not an issue for us,” said Baran, reiterating that it was an excellent facility offered by the owners on “very favourable terms.”
The issue now is replacing the five truckloads of goods lost in the fire, and raising the funds needed to replace the organization’s truck.
The charity has been renting a truck and relying on the donation of a truck and driver from Shortreed Paper to make its deliveries and pickups, but those solutions are only temporary, said Baran.
“Folks have been very kind, very much trying to help, and they have, but we constantly have needs,” he said.
There is no one specific item needed more than another, he said, listing sofas, tables, chairs, and end tables as examples of the donations being sought.
“The usual household furnishings would be welcome, always,” he said.
Monetary donations are also being sought to help with replacement costs of the truck.
“We’re replacing a truck that we paid $25,000 for six years ago with a truck that we’ll have to pay $60,000 for now,” he said, noting that insurance will come through for a portion of the cost.
Monetary donations can be made by cheque at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store on Elizabeth Street. Furniture donations can be arranged by calling the store at 519-836-5829.

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