Sometimes temperatures below zero are a good thing! That’s why the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has donated three new deep freezers and one new fridge to St. Vincent’s Place using a matching Rotary International district grant.
This new equipment gives St. Vincent’s Place an increased capacity to accept perishable donations. “We always struggled for freezer space to store our products. This donation will allow us to take advantage of store sales and donations which means we can purchase more product to assist our community clients in need,” says Nat Cicchelli, St. Vincent’s Place’s General Manager. The deep freezers come with moveable baskets and divider inserts that will allow St. Vincent’s Place to customize the freezer space to their needs.
“The opportunity for a matching grant was available to our club from the district office in Grand Haven, Michigan,” explains Rotary club president, Derek Walz. “The criteria stated that it had to be a sustainable project which followed the District Governor’s ‘Feed America’ idea. Since we had made a large donation to the soup kitchen the previous year, it was decided to do a project with St. Vincent Place.”
The club is pleased that their investment will provide for St. Vincent not just today, but also into the future. Cicchelli assured the club that “this great donation will assist us on a daily basis for the next ten plus years.”
St. Vincent Place is a creation of St. Vincent de Paul for the community of Sault Ste. Marie in response to a call for an entity to provide shelter for men over 18 years of age in need of emergency shelter. They serve the homeless and poor of our community by actions that provide them with shelter, clothing, food, household essentials and compassionate attention through a dedicated group of volunteers and staff. The main building is located at 222 Albert Street East, close to the city bus terminal and just minutes away from many helpful agencies. St. Vincent’s typically shelters about 30 men in and out over the holiday season.
The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has been an active part of the community since 1918. Its primary charitable mandate is to offer support to children with physical disabilities. This is done in close partnership with Easter Seals Ontario through fundraising projects such as the Take Your Pick Car Draw, Snowarama, TD Canada Trust Change for Change in the Lives of Easter Seals Children, Easter Seals Telethon and Battle of the Sections.
The Club also supports community-building events like ROTARYFEST, the Santa Claus Parade, Student Exchange programs, Bell Celebrity Skate and Swim Presented by Agero, District Science Fair presented by Tenaris Algoma Tubes and the Sault Ste. Marie Sports Awards dinner.