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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Charities Christmas Collection still needs donors

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 18, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

For the past 59 years, Catholic Charities has asked for donations at Christmas to fund its programs throughout the year. As of Jan. 11, 2001, $566,042.44 has been donated towards the 2000 goal of $650,000. So far, gifts have been received from 4,425 people. The average gift is $128.

A total of $608,690 was donated in 1999.

“Catholic Charities still needs approximately 650 more donors to reach goal,” said Mary Ann Heskett, Catholic Charities Development Director.

The Collection’s theme, “Together on the Journey,” is a reminder of the hardships of life’s journey, particularly for the poor and vulnerable. Catholic Charities is dependent on the Christmas Collection to assist those who travel the rougher roads of life.

Examples of holiday generosity include:

  • The 28 single parent families at Summit View apartments had parties provided by two different parishes.
  • Some 85 families, businesses or community groups sponsored single mothers and young children through the Childbirth and Parent-ing Alone Program, providing Christmas gifts and holiday meals.
  • Generosity at the new St. Margaret Shelter provided Christmas gifts to each woman and child in residence.
  • At the House of Charity, December donations included a new snow blower, nearly 60 pairs of pajamas, many new clothes, boxes of socks and 42 turkeys.

“Catholic Charities says a sincere ‘thank-you’ on behalf of all those who received assistance through the holidays. Now we say a fervent ‘please’ to all friends who may have postponed a Christmas Collection donation to the new year,” Heskett said.

The larger goal for 2000 is needed to assist with increased operating costs at the two new homeless shelters.

“The size of these new facilities was planned to accommodate what we thought would be future needs,” said Ed McCarron, House of Charity director. “Never did we think the ‘future’ would be now.”

The new St. Margaret Shelter, with 18 family units, is three times the size of the former shelter and has been filled since July 1. The House of Charity, opened in September, is already serving twice the numbers for eating and sleeping.

To contribute to the 2000 Catholic Charities Christmas Collection, mail gifts directly to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210-1453.

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