Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store honors its customers with discounts, lunch

Sean Belk
Staff Writer-

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Long Beach resident Marie Alvarez checks out with her child after shopping for housing products and clothes on Customer Appreciation Day at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Long Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Long Beach resident Marie Alvarez checks out with her child after shopping for housing products and clothes on Customer Appreciation Day at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Long Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Customers got more than they bargained for while shopping at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach on Aug. 13 during a Customer Appreciation Day free-lunch event.
Customers received a 25-percent discount on items all day long while a free-taco cart was provided for lunch. In addition, members of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles recognized the West East Side Community Association (WESCA) for community clean-ups in the area.
Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of State Sen. Ricardo Lara and 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who recognized WESCA for its efforts as well. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was invited but was unable to attend.
According to the organization’s website, proceeds from sales go to help the “needy become self-sufficient by providing emotional and financial support, food, clothing, furniture, appliances, housing,” connecting disadvantaged individuals to resources in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

David Fields, executive director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, gives a presentation at the organization's thrift store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Hwy during Customer Appreciation Day.

David Fields, executive director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, gives a presentation at the organization’s thrift store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Hwy during Customer Appreciation Day.


David Fields, executive director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, said the Catholic nonprofit organized the event in order to shine a light on the many services it helps to provide in hopes of collaborating with other groups in the area.
Community members receive a free, catered lunch during Customer Appreciation Day at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Community members receive a free, catered lunch during Customer Appreciation Day at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Fields said the organization, which has about 2,500 volunteers, has helped close to 60 people get off Skid Row in Los Angeles by helping to provide them with housing. The organization also provides a ranch camp for about 1,200 children.
“We want to be a part of the community here,” Fields said. “We really want to spread the word that we are more than just a thrift store.”
David Fields (far right), executive director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles (SVDPLA), and Claire Padama (far left), president of (SVDPLA), recognize David Hesler, member of the West East Side Community Association (WESCA), for neighborhood clean-up efforts.

David Fields (far right), executive director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles (SVDPLA), and Claire Padama (far left), president of (SVDPLA), recognize David Hesler, member of the West East Side Community Association (WESCA), for neighborhood clean-up efforts.


At the event, Long Beach resident Marie Alvarez said she was pleasantly surprised to receive a discount on housing products and clothes, which were already discounted.
“I like the fact that they help other people,” she said. “And it saves me money.”

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