Dear Valued Supporter,

I wanted to share a story with you. A mother came to us this year to support our Christmas Adoption Program. Here is the reason she turned to Catholic Charities to help others:

Mother: I stood there pawing through the mail. My five-year-old proceeds to ask if any mail was for her? I respond “no.”

Daughter: Noticing an envelope with a children’s drawing on it. She says, “what about this one?”

Mother: “No, that’s an advertisement for donating to kids who don’t have Christmas.”

Daughter: Almost immediately she responds, “We should donate.”

Mother: “The money would need to come out of the money we have budgeted for your Christmas presents. Is that something you want to do?”

Daughter: She pauses, tearing up. With lips trembling she says, “Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?”

Your charitable gift does make a difference… Now and year round. Please consider a much needed monetary donation today. Your gift will be used locally to ensure families have food, clothing, shelter, medical services, and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living.

On behalf of Catholic Charities, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Charles Nocera, Executive Director  and Debra MacDonald, Schuyler Agency Director