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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Christmas Collection tallies near 2001 goal

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 7, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

As of Jan. 30, $625,382 has been donated to the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection. The sum represents gifts from nearly 5,000 people, with an average gift of $125.

The goal for the 2001 collection is $650,000.

In 2000, a total of $621,382 was donated.

“There has been an encouraging response to the January mailing requesting a New Year gift from those friends who may have postponed giving until 2002,” said Mary Ann Heskett, development director of Catholic Charities. Approximately 300 donors have responded to this follow-up appeal.

“The giving of holiday goods and service was record-breaking,” said Heskett. Generous sponsors provided Christmas gifts to all of the women and children at Summit View apartments for single parent families, St. Margaret Shelter for homeless women and children, Bernadette Place for developmentally impaired adult women, and St. Anne Children and Family Center.

One resident wrote: “Dear St. Margaret’s: ... I will always feel blessed to have shared Christmas with you. You can’t imagine the joy. It was the care with which each present was wrapped. People I didn’t even know wanted to make my children smile.”

Additional Christmas Collection funds are needed to assist with increased operating costs at St. Margaret and at the House of Charity, the Catholic Charities downtown emergency shelter. St. Margaret has 18 family units and has been full, with a waiting list, since July 2000. At the House of Charity, meal service has increased by 30 percent. The wintertime sleeping dorms are filled to capacity, with 108 men each night.

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