We, at Catholic Charities, would like to wish all of you a peaceful new year and to extend a heartfelt thank you for the generosity and countless acts of kindness that we have witnessed and received throughout 2014.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.”

Chemung County – Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this Christmas a whole lot brighter for local families! Special thanks to the Community Foundation, Chemung Canal Trust Co, Intensity Cheer Elite, Aspen Dental, Stephanie Mitchell, Leslie & Jason Shelhamer, EC Cheerleading, EC Athletics Depart, First Arena & the Elmira Jackals, Barb Powell, Paula Graham, John Ullman & Assoc, Zaumseil Family Daycare, Able2, Angela Sullivan, Melissa Panaski, Emhart Glass, Samantha Franzese-Ward, Randi & Jeremy Taylor, Chemung County Library District, Central Recycling, Mark & Paula Schuller, Jay & Jeri Wall, Patsy Drake, & several anonymous donors, including Catholic Charities’ Staff.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Schuyler County – Catholic Charities of Schuyler County is honored to be a part of a community that cares for its neighbors in need. This past holiday season we had the opportunity to work with many businesses, churches and individuals to combat poverty and help those in need work towards self-sufficiency. We are especially grateful to those who helped us make hundreds of families’ holidays a little brighter in their own way: Boy Scouts’ Food Drive; FiberArts in the Glen Mitten Drive; 1st Annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Exercise Enterprise; Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church’s 15 week canned food challenge; Dandy Mini Mart collecting donations; Seneca Santa gift bags for students made possible by Hazlitt’s; St. Mary’s Youth Group for making stockings; The Glen Theatre and its guests donating hundreds of food items; Watkins Glen Interact Club hosting a teens’ personal care drive; Corning Community College’s Hat/Mitten Drive; Walmart; Montour Falls Moose Lodge; Labor of Love; Cargill for donating food items; Tioga Downs for donating turkeys; St. Mary’s of the Lake for allowing us to use their space; Watkins-Montour Rotary for donating gifts; The Elks Club; Fund for Women and O’Susannah’s Quilt Shop and Upstairs Inn for hosting a Giving Tree for First Step Clients; Odessa-Montour Interact Club, National Junior Honor Society Students, Area Churches, the Schuyler County Mobile Work Crew and other Volunteers assisting with the Christmas Giveaway Week.

I am also profoundly grateful for our dedicated volunteers and committed staff who worked with local businesses and individuals to adopt 116 families and provide family Christmas gifts and meals for 396 additional families. We could not reach so many children and families in Schuyler County without working together. Thank you for giving of your time, energy and resources to help us meet the needs in our community!

We look forward to expanding these partnerships as we prepare to face the challenges ahead in 2015. Thank you for your support and compassion.

Debra MacDonald, Agency Director, Catholic Charities of Schuyler