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LeBeau aids needy with St. Vincent de Paul Society

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Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 5:42 pm | Updated: 9:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Edward LeBeau checks the pantry at his Scottsdale Catholic parish to see if there is enough food and money for the families he will visit next week.

LeBeau, along with other volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, manage their deliveries and supplies so families in need can receive them. LeBeau has volunteered for the nonprofit organization for the last 11 years.

On Thursdays, LeBeau arrives at the parish at noon and looks at the list of homes he will visit that day. He'll visit up to six homes in a day.

"We'll interview families and see what their needs are," he said.

Depending on the number of homes he visits, LeBeau said it can take up to five or six hours to interview families or to take them to a store to buy clothes.

"We usually bring a bag of food and vouchers if that's what they need," he said. "If they need to buy groceries or clothes, we'll take them to where they need to go."

Tom Hawn volunteered side by side with LeBeau since 2001. Hawn took a leave of absence in April.

"It was a pleasure working with him," he said. "He's intelligent and giving."

When he is not volunteering, LeBeau likes to cook, read and drive his grandchildren to school.

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