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Walking to bring hope to the poor

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Bringing hope to the poor is what one local church is trying to do.

September 20 marks the third annual year for the Saint Vincent de Paul's Friends of the poor walk.

Morgan Jellett is the President of the District Council for St. Vincent de Paul. He said Saturday's walk had a great turn out. People from various churches as well as the community were out to support the poor.

Participants could purchase T-shirts, and those funds go directly to help the needy.

"We help them with rent, we help them with utility bills, we provide food," said Jellett. "They call in, we go out and visit them and then take them food and provide them with resources to help with their needs."

300 to 400 people attended Saturday's walk.

"We're hoping to get more people from the community involved, he said. "It really is payback to the community."

St. Vincent de Paul provides service to about 16,000 people annually, regardless to race, gender or political affiliation. They have almost 400 volunteers.

"Don't be afraid to ask for help," said Jellett. "We come visit you in your home, so you don't have to leave. It's very non-confrontational and we are just there to help them."

Last year the organization raised more than 20 thousand dollars for the needy family's right here in the Tennessee Valley.

Like any organization they need community support, to keep doing what they do.

The walk started at eight this morning at the Our Lady, Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in Huntsville.

Walkers were encouraged to bring a can of food for the Saint Vincent De Paul food pantry.​

You can reach them at any of these numbers:

  • Huntsville- (256) 852-2899 or (256) 881-9663
  • Madison- (256) 726 -0100
  • Cullman- (256) 737-5131
  • Florence- (256) 718-0901