HANFORD — CalViva Health presented a $5,000 check Thursday to St. Vincent de Paul Center in support of its Mother’s Day Event.
The money will be used to purchase and distribute brand new undergarments to mothers with low income.
Rosie Cervantes, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Center, said the organization has been partners with CalViva for a long time.
“They give us a donation every year, but this year was a real surprise for us,” Cervantes said about the larger-than-normal donation. “They’re very generous with us each year.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Center is a ministry of St. Brigid's Catholic Church of Hanford. Its goal is to ease hunger and provide comfort to their clients, regardless of their religious beliefs.
The center, located at 115 W. Fifth St., is volunteer-based and provides goods like food and clothing at no cost to those in need in the community.
Throughout the month of May, the organization gives out undergarments to mothers who visit the center.
“They think of themselves last and they always think of their children first,” Cervantes said. “So we give them special treatment for Mother’s Day.”
With CalViva’s extra support this year, Cervantes said some of the money will also go towards buying meat and other protein items for the center’s food pantry.