Catholic Charities Needs You On May 5 #GivingTuesdayNow

TOLEDO, OH — #GivingTuesdayNOW is a global day of giving and a show of unity—an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial disruption within our families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all of our lives,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. “Regardless of the these challenges, Catholic Charities continues to stand tall, providing food, shelter, and vital case management services to the men, women, and children we serve.

“Our staff often put themselves in harm’s way while helping and serving our brothers and sisters in need. I can’t help but think of John 15:13, ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.’ Please support our selfless servants and the vital work of Catholic Charities!”

We are seeing a surge of individuals needing assistance as the COVID crisis continues to unfold—calls for assistance are going up. The need for food, shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise. Will you help Catholic Charities ensure that no one seeking our help is turned away? 

You can help families bridge the during this financial crisis by making a donation today on Catholic Charities secure website. Or you can mail your #GivingTuesdayNOW check to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Your financial support makes a difference!

Contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.350.4277 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information on giving options. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

Catholic Charities Continues To Serve, Needs Your Support!

“No matter the circumstances Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo will continue to provide the most basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter to the people we serve, during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” says Executive Director Rodney Schuster. “Especially with your continued support!” #GivingTuesdayNOW

Thanks to all our community partners, supporters, volunteers and loyal staff in these challenging times, all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s food, shelter and elder assistance programs remain fully operational during the pandemic.

“With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, we continue without pause to serve our communities’ most vulnerable men, women, and children across the Diocese of Toledo,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.

“We ask for your prayers to end this pandemic and to protect our staff and the people we serve. We also ask for your financial support as our ministries are being dramatically stretched,” Rodney Schuster explains, noting donations can be made online. Checks also can be mailed to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.

Catholic Charities La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in Toledo and Miriam House in Norwalk, a transitional shelter for homeless women and children, remain open.

Hope Pantry in Mansfield is providing bagged groceries from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Rodney Schuster

Helping Hands of St. Louis is providing bagged meals 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and snack packs from 1 – 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

Hygiene products are being distributed from the Helping Hands Clothing Center foyer Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is providing bagged groceries from the Clothing Center foyer Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Clothing can be provided by appointment.

“Rest assured, Catholic Charities will continue to follow the example Jesus gave us by serving the poor and healing the sick in these challenging times,” Mr. Schuster adds. “Thank for you prayers and generous support!”

Individuals and families wanting to assist or needing assistance are encouraged to reach out to their nearest Catholic Charities office: 419.244.6711 – Toledo; 419.524.0733 – Mansfield; 419.668.3073 – Norwalk; and 419.502.0043 – Sandusky.

#RichlandGives Campaign Benefits HOPE Pantry Thru May 5

MANSFIELD, OH — Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry in Mansfield is participating in the Richland Gives Campaign culminating on May 5, #GivingTuesdayNOW.

“Financial support is critically needed to keep all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s food, shelter and elder assistance programs fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Executive Director.

“We greatly appreciate the Richland County Foundation’s efforts, as well as all of our great community partners and loyal supporters in the region. With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, our ministries are now being dramatically stretched.” 

The need for food continues to rise. Will you help Catholic Charities ensure no one seeking our help is turned away?

Please make your donation to support Catholic Charities Mansfield ministries online on Richland Gives secure website. 

“We also ask for your prayers to end this pandemic and to protect our staff and the people we serve,” Mr. Schuster adds. “Rest assured, Catholic Charities will continue to follow the example Jesus gave us by serving the poor and healing the sick in these challenging times. All of our staff and services are adjusting by striving to maintain the recommended ‘social distance’ with others, while continuing to provide love and care to everyone we encounter.”

HOPE Pantry is providing bagged groceries from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, feeding on average 1,700 families monthly.

Our HOPE Pantry in Mansfield needs the following items:

  • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Dry or Shelf-Stable milk
  • Canned Meat (chicken, pork or beef)
  • Drink boxes or pouches
  • Individually-packaged desserts (cookies, snack cakes etc.)
  • Individually-packaged bags of chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Individually-packaged pudding, fruit or Jello cups
  • 15 oz. or larger bottles of shampoo
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dish Soap

Please arrange a time to drop off donations at HOPE Pantry, 2 Smith Avenue, Mansfield, OH, by contacting Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry Coordinator Susan Dyson at 419-524-0733 or email sdyson@toledodiocese.org.

THANK YOU For Being #ALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO!

Thank you to all the supporters of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign. THANK YOU for going  ALL in! We reached our goal, raising over $50,000 thanks to your support and the generous Friend of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo who matched your gift dollar-for-dollar in a $20,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

You can still like and follow Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo on Facebook and please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries!

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $75 feeds 10 men, women and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, which serves over 250 meals a day.
  • $150 ensures one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship for your loved one.
  • $350 provides 3 days of shelter and meals for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides one week of shelter, meals and support for a mother and child living at Miriam House.

Donate to Our #GivingTuesdayNWO Campaign

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

You can make a designated #GivingTuesday donation online NOW through midnight, Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 on Catholic Charities secure website. Please note you are designating your online donation for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign.

Or You Can Drop Off Or Mail Your Check!

Please (1) Make checks out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; and (2) Note #GivingTuesday on check. Then drop off or mail check to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

Donate to Our #RichlandGives Campaign:

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry in Mansfield is participating in #RichlandGives. Help us raise needed funds for feeding our Richland County neighbors by making your donation online to Richland Gives NOW through #GivingTuesday December 3 #ThankYou #TagandShare  

Then Share the Good News!

Take a picture of yourself holding our #ImALLin poster and share our fundraising site bit.ly/donateNWO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your favorite social media platform! #ThankYou  #SharetheLove 

Questions? 

Please contact Deb Boyce, Catholic Charities Communications and Public Relations Director at 419.214.4868 or email dboyce@toledodiocese.org. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

#ImALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Meijer Simply Gives Winter Campaign runs NOW through Saturday, Jan 4, 2020. Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo benefits from your participation! Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 13! Each $10 Simply Give donation card purchased at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 13 becomes a $30 donation thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your Simply Give donations on those days!

“Please help us fulfill Meijer Simply Giveour mission of helping feed the hungry people who come to us for a meal by purchasing a food donation card during your next shopping trip to the Oregon Mejier,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Tell your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, because every dollar makes a difference!” Your generous donations are converted into gift cards used to purchase food items for our food pantry and hot-meal programs.

A HUGE thank you to Meijer and all who support this program! Meijer began offering Double Match Days in 2012 to highlight our commitment to feeding hungry families in the communities we serve across the Midwest. As a result, the Simply Give program continues to set year-over-year records, bringing its current total to over $50 million.

Every penny goes towards food purchases for our Helping Hands of St. Louis Pantry and hot-meal programs, where over 500 men, women and children are served on any given day. #SpreadTheWord #HaltHunger

Meijer Awards Helping Hands of St. Louis $4,730 in Food Gift Cards

OREGON, OH—Thank you all who supported Meijer’s Spring Simply Give campaign! Helping Hands of Saint Louis received $4,730 in gift cards that will be used to purchase much needed food items for our Helping Hands Food Pantry. Last year, Meijer’s Simply Give program provided a record $8.5 million of Meijer food-only gift cards to food pantries across the Midwest.

Pictured is Denise Fox, Meijer Human Resources Director (left), Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, and Store Director John Kowalski (right).

Thanks to the continued generosity and support of Meijer customers, team members and food pantry partners, who are committed to helping feed hungry families, the program has generated nearly $46 million since 2008, to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked.

Check back for more information on your opportunity to get involved in Meijer’s Simply Give Program.

 

Helping Hands of St. Louis 6th Annual Shoe Fest A Success!

TOLEDO—Over 70 volunteers spent their Saturday morning, August 10, at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, washing children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. Face painting, games and children’s activities kepts the youngsters occupied as they waited their turn.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to nearly 300 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “This year we fitted over 500 children with shoes on Saturday and another 100 children on Monday!

“We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe,” Shrewsbery adds, noting children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.

Various areaIMG_6054 Closeup churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and socks.

This year, over 700 pairs of new shoes were donated, many purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a donor from Illinois.

Hannah’s Socks donated 800 pairs of new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis.

Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible.

Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions to are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!

Be Our Valentine!

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? 

Or some other special occasion? Be our Valentine!

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4428254 and AmazonSmile donates to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo!

#SharetheLove #SupportOurMinistries #AllYearLong

As you fill out your United Way donation form this fall, please consider donating to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo or the Catholic Club, an educational youth and child care center in downtown Toledo.

Donation forms and designation opportunities vary by county and by company. However, all forms have a write-in option where you can designate an organization to be the recipient of your United Way donations.

Since both are 501c3 non-profits, you may write in either Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo or the Catholic Club in the space designated on the bottom of the form for the agency name.

You may also call Catholic Charities to set up an automatic monthly payment directly with Catholic Charities. Please call Sharon Marshall at 419-214-4909 or email smarshall@toledodiocese.org.

Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 100,000 people throughout Northwest and West Central Ohio by providing crisis navigation services, food, shelter, emergency rent assistance, jail and prison ministries, adult advocacy and guardianship services to the elderly, and respect life ministries and support.

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!

 

 

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