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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Catholic Charities Christmas Collection moves toward 2002 goal

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 19, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Each year at Christmas, Catholic Charities sends out requests for donations to help support the homeless, the hungry and the hurting involved in our diocesan wide programs.

As of Dec. 13, 12 days into the campaign, Charities has received $157,429.17 from 1,412 donors.

The goal for the 2002 Collection is $675,000.

Donations are continuing to arrive daily and Catholic Charities is hopeful of surpassing the 2002 goal. The 2001 Collection exceeded its goal as well.

Recently a donation arrived with the following note: “Enclosed is $50 for St. Margaret Shelter. We think you do wonders there and feel blessed to be a small part of your endeavors.”

Catholic Charities operates 25 programs in 37 locations throughout the Diocese of Spokane’s 13 counties in Eastern Washington. More than 100,000 people of all faiths receive assistance each year.

The theme for the 2002 collection is “Good News, Good Works,” a reminder that the poor and the homeless benefit from the good works of donors and volunteers.

Consider the case of Amber Eberhardt, a 24-year-old mother of four who resides at the Catholic Charities sponsored Guse Summit View Apartments for low income single parents and their children.

Amber has overcome daunting obstacles, including a lifestyle of drug abuse, a destructive marriage and cervical cancer. She is in a safe place to live and has the support she needs at Summit View, where she can concentrate on raising her family.

Amber and her family are one of the many instances where generous contributions have helped to provide life changing opportunities for someone without the resources to move forward on their own.

Catholic Charities spends only 4 percent of the total Christmas Collection income on advertising. The remaining dollars go directly to programs provide food, shelter and clothing to those in need.

Donations can be made at any Christmas Mass; they can be mailed directly to Catholic Charities, Christmas Collection 2002, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453; or delivered to Catholic Charities’ offices on the first floor of the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1023 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

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