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St. Vincent highlighting hunger, homelessness

Wed., Nov. 7, 2007

St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d’Alene will draw attention to hunger and homelessness with a week of events starting Saturday. It’s part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, to promote education, action and awareness about the issues.

The Knights of Columbus will host a “dinner by donation” Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., with proceeds going directly to St. Vincent programs that help people in need. The dinner will be at the St. Thomas Center, 10th and Indiana streets in Coeur d’Alene, and will feature spaghetti, information on St. Vincent programs, entertainment and gift basket raffles.

A candlelight vigil will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the St. Vincent thrift store, 108 E. Walnut Ave., in Coeur d’Alene.

Tours of St. Vincent de Paul shelter services, beginning at the thrift store, will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An open house at St. Vincent’s Transitional Housing Center, 1425 N. First St., Coeur d’Alene, will be held Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Dare to Bare the Cold,” sponsored by Lake City High School’s Key Club, is scheduled for Nov. 15. Students who choose to participate will sleep outside to experience what it would be like to be homeless.

Also for the first two weeks in November, donation boxes will be placed in local area businesses to collect nonperishable food and personal care items for St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelters.

For more information, call (208) 664-3095.

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