Bangladesh St. Vincent De Paul Society shared Christmas gifts to poor and needy families before Christmas at Holy Rosary Church in Tejgaon parish.
Parish priests identified the deserving families with the help of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the respective parish pastoral councils and distributed financial assistance.
"Today, I received a sum of money as a gift and I will use it to buy meat and cake. So my Christmas will be better. And for this, I thank the donors and express my gratitude to St. Vincent De Paul Society," said Manju Palma, a Catholic woman who lives in a slum in Dhaka.
Nipu Gomes, another beneficiary, said he is a physically challenged person and cannot work like others.
"I face financial difficulties in my family to buy food, but today, I am happy to get these Christmas gifts. Now, I can buy a new dress for my beloved daughter," he said with a smiling face.
Besides, Bangladesh St. Vincent De Paul Society, many others solicited funds to help the poor.
Bruno Dias, president of the local section of the Catholic association, explained he received the sum of money from Catholic families.
"We collected the money during Sunday Masses. And we knocked door to door and raised funds with various initiatives and distributed according to a pre-established list," he added.
According to Dias, in the past, the Society of San Vincenzo De Paoli of Tejgaon distributed sweets, rice, oil, soap, and cloth. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it distributes money to better respond to needs.
Father Kollol L Rozario, assistant parish priest in Tejgaon admired the efforts of St. Vincent de Paul and others.
"They do an exceptional job, helping the needy in our parish. Christmas is the right time to show compassion to others who are in need of our support," he said.
The joy of Christmas is in sharing, so it is good to help the needy, Father Rozario explained.
"It is our moral responsibility that every faithful in our families will be able to celebrate Christmas joyfully and peacefully," he added.
As many as 80 needy people received "Christmas gifts" from the volunteers of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in Tejgaon, a district of Dhaka.
They received a total of 10 euros each, a small sum apparently, but a precious asset for those in difficulty in their family.
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