Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:16

Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal will help many

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The Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal campaign is under way and — with the help of people who choose to donate this Christmas season — will meet its goal to raise $250,000 across the diocese.

“The appeal went out Nov. 29,” said Amber Cerveny, development coordinator at Catholic Charities. As of mid-December $73,500 had already been raised. Cerveny says Catholic Charities would like to hit the goal by the end of January.

Cerveny says during 2017, Catholic Charities has been blessed with people who responded to the needs of others. “This year our pantry was low and thankfully, the Springfield Catholic schools responded with so much love, filling our pantry and feeding the souls of many.”

Additionally, over the past year, Decatur and Quincy began mobile food programs. “With two new trucks, Catholic Charities now has seven mobile food pantries traveling the rural parts of our diocese and feeding those who live on the outskirts,” Cerveny says. “The addition of those two new trucks allowed us to feed 1,226 new families.

“We are asking people to support our Christmas Appeal, knowing that their love will be felt by those who need it most,” Cerveny says. To help meet the Christmas Appeal goal, visit or send a contribution to: Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal, 1625 W. Washington, Springfield, IL  62702.