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Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts Friends of the Poor Walk

Anyone interested in learning more, participating or making a pledge can visit www.fopwalk.org. Participants can make an online pledge, or they may register and make a donation the day of the walk. Screen grab from www.fopwalk.org.

NISSWA—The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a nonprofit organization helping those living in poverty, will sponsor its third annual Friends of the Poor Walk Sept. 29 to benefit those in need in local communities.

The event, "The Church Street Challenge," a 1.5-mile walk, will begin at 10 a.m. in the St. Christopher's Church parking lot in Nisswa and end in the same location. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds and donations from the event will directly benefit the people in the local communities served by the organization, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event.

Anyone interested in learning more, participating or making a pledge can visit www.fopwalk.org. Participants can make an online pledge, or they may register and make a donation the day of the walk.

The event is near Sept. 27, the feast day of the Society's patron, St. Vincent de Paul, who ministered to the poor in Paris in the 17th century. The walk in each community is designed and run by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in that area. The Church Street Challenge is sponsored by St. Anthony's Living Water Conference of our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Pequot Lakes, Nisswa and Pine River. Services provided by the organization include helping people in crisis situations with spiritual support, emergency financial assistance and referral and counseling information.

One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents, a news release stated. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, membership in the United States totals more than 100,000 in 4,400 communities.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers a variety of programs and services worldwide, including: home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, education and mentoring, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, and assistance with transportation, prescription medicine and utility costs. The Society works to provide care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly.