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Minnie Vinnies grow in service, friendship

2:34 PM, May 2, 2014  |  Comments
The Minnie Vinnies gather for a group photo.
The Minnie Vinnies gather for a group photo.
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The Minnie Vinnies Middle School Service Group was formed in 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and is under the direction of Sue Norenberg and Tammy Cohrs, conference members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Merrill. Members are sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who are interested in helping others.

The mission of the Vincentian Youth Organization is to provide Vincentian youths with an opportunity to grow in spirituality, service and friendship with each other and with the greater Vincentian community.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization formed to offer person-to-person services to those in need. No difference of religion, nationality, race or political opinion is considered when one is in need. Serving Christ's need is the first purpose of St. Vincent de Paul.

Our Merrill St. Vincent de Paul conference started in March 2003. The SVDP Thrift Store is highly visible in the Merrill downtown area. The SVDP Community Care Center is located at 401 W. Main St., Merrill, which houses the SVDP Free Clinic, SVDP Outreach Office and seven other agencies.

The Minnie Vinnies meet once a month during the school day where service and volunteerism meet. The goal of the Minnie Vinnies is to reach out by volunteering their time and talents to make a difference, both locally and out of area.

This year the Minnie Vinnies service projects included making fleece baby blankets for the "Baby Shower for Life" program, sending care packages to a platoon of Marines in California, decorating placemats for the local soup kitchen, visiting and learning the workings of the thrift store and visiting the residents at Bell Tower.

Our hope for the Minnie Vinnies is that they learn, at a young age, the value of volunteering and how it can make a difference in the lives of those around you. Then carry that desire into their adult lives.

If you have any questions regarding this group, contact the SVDP Outreach Office at 715-539-2666.

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