TOLEDO, OH—With your help, Helping Hands of St. Louis will make the holidays much brighter for many who would otherwise go without. We ask all donated items be dropped off by Tuesday, Dec. 19 to Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH, so they can be sorted and ready to go for these December events.
Upwards of 200 Christmas Food Baskets are being prepared for needy families, with enough food for three or four meals. Donated items needed include: turkeys, boneless hams, onions, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned gravy, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit, and other side dishes, butter, eggs, oil, dessert mixes, apples, and oranges.
The Helping Hands of St. Louis Elves are also collecting candy canes, new unwrapped toys for kids 12 and under, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, boots, shoes, socks and underwear. New gift items for the kids to pick from Santa’s Workshop to give as gifts to Mom and Dad are also welcomed. These items will be handed out at the annual Children’s Christmas Party, Tues., Dec. 19.
The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, will join volunteers at Helping Hands of St. Louis in serving the festive annual Christmas Meal, Thurs., Dec. 21. Questions? Contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419.619.0613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOLEDO, OH—Please bring a candle and join us Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., as the Northwest Ohio Pro-Life Community gathers on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.
At this Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Life, we will pray in honor of the Christ Child whose coming we celebrate this Christmas.
May this hour of peaceful prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to the darkness to move the hearts and minds of all present to more deeply appreciate the dignity of human life.
Questions? Contact Director of Office for Life and Justice Peter Range at email@example.com.
OREGON, OH—The Oregon Meijer’s “Simply Give” program is once again supporting Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Helping Hands of St. Louis ministry! Mark your calendars! The Holiday Campaign runs now through Sat., Dec. 30, 2017.
When you purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, Meijer will match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation.
Your generous donations will enable us to purchase food items for our Helping Hands Pantry and hot-meal programs, enabling us to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children in Norhtwest Ohio.
MANY THANKS for your continued support Meijer and those who support this program!
Interested in attending the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2018? Join the College and Young Adult bus trip sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo! The trip is only $159, but for college students there is a special discounted price of $119! New registration deadline is Monday, January 1, 2018.
Our 2018 March for Life Trip includes two nights at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. We depart Thursday, January 18, at 3 p.m. and will return Saturday evening, January 20. Payments by check can be made out and mailed to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo with “March for Life” in the memo line. Be sure to include name, email, cell phone and rooming preferences.
If you have any questions, contact Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-214-4933.
MANSFIELD, OH—“Your help is crucial to us as we move forward,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director, thanking over 250 attendees, board and community members, volunteers and staff for their generous service and support. The 75th Anniversary event raised nearly $70,000 for Catholic Charities services in Richland County. Donations are still being accepted to meet the $75,000 goal.
“Catholic Charities is not a typical social services agency,” Owens said. “We’ve touched thousands of people over the years, with housing, food and medical assistance, guardianship services, education programs and disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities serves. We’re here to care for people and connect them with resources in the community.”
Owens noted the 3-E Project, launched in 2016 to encourage, empower and engage people on their journey to self-sufficiency, is targeted for expansion, thanks to partnerships with Mansfield Engineering Components (MEC) and the Richland County Foundation.
Steve Cummins, MEC Co-Owner and VP, shared how valuable Catholic Charities 3-E Project is in providing employee assistance at their worksite. “All we did is open the door,” he said. “Catholic Charities is doing the heavy lifting, offering not only help, but hope.” Tracy Owens, a 14-year MEC employee, shared how Catholic Charities assistance saved her from becoming homeless after she experienced serious health issues.
“The reason Catholic Charities is doing so well is because their people are so filled with God’s love and giving life to those whose lives they touch,” said Rev. Leo Patalinghug. His entertaining and inspiring keynote presentation wove together notions of faith and family, with food and fun, all while cooking the evening’s dinner entrée. “We are all called to serve!”
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas thanked all for their generous support, “I am so proud of what Catholic Charities does here in Richland County. The people who day in and day out represent the Body of Christ and bring His love, His joy, His grace, His charity, and His goodness to those who are in need. As we strive to make the love of God real for each individual, our Catholic Charities ministries bring alive the exhortation of St. Teresa of Avila: ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’”
The Very Reverend Gregory R. Hite, VF, St. Peter’s Parish, encouraged generous support of Catholic Charities ministries. Reverend Nelson G. Beaver, St. Mary of the Snows Parish, opened with prayer; Reverend Christopher M. Mileski, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish closed with prayer.
Tony Mitchell, MIX 106.1 morning host and Operations Manager emceed the event.
Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!
PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000
- Chuck Hahn Lincoln Financial
RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – $5,000
- The Chambers Family
FEEDING THE HUNGRY – $2,500
- Cole Distributing
- Cooper Enterprises
- The Reed Family in Honor of The Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, VF & His Service
SHELTERING THE HOMELESS – $1,000
- Richard & Connie Cronin
- DRM Productions \
- Roger & Ann Harraman
- Prospering Life Events
- Phil Renda
- Richland Bank
- John & Mary Riedl
- Terry Thornsberry
VISITING THE IMPRISONED – $500
- Baker’s Collision-Glass Service
- Cypress Hill Winery
- Directions Credit Union
- Ed Pickens’ Café on Main
- Mansfield Distributing
- Mechanics Bank
- Newman Technology, Inc.
- Rodney Schuster
- SSIP Insurance
FRIEND OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES – $250
- AVI Systems
- Craig Callen, DDS
- Don & Cristine Covert
- Dairy Queen East
- Graham Auto Mall
- Hamilton Insurance Group, Inc.
- Bill & Margie Joyce
- Bill Kyrou
- MT Business Technologies, Inc.
- Harvey Popovich, MD
Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 100,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds living in the 19 counties of the Diocese of Toledo, providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance, education, adult advocacy services, and various social justice ministries.