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Oct. 22 "Make A Difference Day" Food Drive Benefits HOPE Pantry!

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry is once again a beneficiary of the 16th Annual “Make a Difference Day Food Drive” Friday, October 22. People can drop off cash, checks, canned goods and other non-perishable food items, hygiene and cleaning products from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Renaissance Theatre’s rear parking lot. Or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 523 Park Avenue East, and Harmony House, 124 W. Third Street. #FeedtheHungry #LivetheGospel #Matthew25 #TagandShare #ThankYou

“We hope people of Richland County will make this the biggest food drive in one day, in an effort to help families make it through to Thanksgiving,” says organizer Doc Stumbo, who said it never ceases to surprise him just how generous people are throughout Richland County. He collaborated with retired Mansfield News Journal Editor Tom Brennan to get Make a Difference Day off the ground 15 years ago.

Last year, over $4,000 was raised and was divided between Catholic Charities HOPE Food Pantry and Harmony House in Mansfield. Many thanks to all the individuals and groups that donate funds, food, and volunteer at the event, as well as the many sponsors who make this community event possible each year! #GodBless #Together #WeAretheChristsHandsandHeartIntheWorld

 

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give! Benefits Helping Hands Thru Jan. 1

OREGON, OH— Meijer’s Simply Gives Campaign runs through Saturday, January 1, 2022, benefiting Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs. Your purchase of a $10 Simply Give! card at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, gets converted to a gift card Helping Hands of St. Louis can use to buy food items for the pantry and hot meal programs.

“Please help us fulfill our mission feeding 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, Helping Hands of St Louis Director.

“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 hundreds of men, women and children are served on any given day with food, groceries, hygiene products, clothing and household items. #SpreadTheWord #HaltHunger

Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts 8th Annual Shoe Fest July 24

TOLEDO— Helping Hands of St. Louis 8th Annual Shoe Fest was held outside this year because of COVID-19. Guests were served under a big tent in the side parking lot next to the Helping Hands of St. Louis campus, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Upwards of 40 volunteers spent the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, washing nearly 300 children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. In addition to their new shoes and 2 new pair of socks, thanks to Hannah’s Socks, children also received a box or bag of school supplies and snack bags.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes and school supplies to hundreds of school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We gave away over 450 pairs of new shoes on Saturday,” Shrewsbery adds, noting some of those  shoes are being delivered to area schools to distribute. An additional 160 pairs of toddler and youth-size shoes will be available at Helping Hands Clothing Center in the coming weeks.

“Big thank yous go to Charlotte Perlaky and Theresa Bugelholl who are the drivers behind the scenes,” says Shrewsbery. “And thank you to the Zoo Teens, Students from the Y.E.S. Project and all the other volunteers who put in a lot of hard work to make the day happen!”

Various area churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and school supplies, including St. Rose of Lima Parish in Perrysburg and St. Mary Parish, in Tiffin, OH.

“Thanks to our many generous donors who donated school supplies, bags, shoes, socks, snacks and prizes,” Sue adds. “What a blessing each and every one of our supporters is! God is Good!”

Games were available for the children to play and earn prizes, while parents shopped Helping Hands Clothing Center’s Sidewalk Clothing Give-Away. Children received a smiley face cookie in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Anita’s Clothing Closet from Anita herself!

A number of community resources were represented including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, Glass City Academy, Ohio State Extension Services Nutrition Program, The Lucas County Sheriff Department and The Zepf Center.

Donations of men’s and women’s athletic shoes are needed and can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH. Thank You!

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

Catholic Charities First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser A Success!

PERRYSBURG, OH—Many thanks to Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, all our committee members, volunteers and generous benefactors for their support of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s first ever Friends for Life fundraiser!

More than 250 members of pro-life community of Northwest Ohio gathered for an inspirational evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, to celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region.

Nearly $100,000 was raised to support pro-life efforts and bring on a local coordinator through Students for Life in America, who would be “specifically and solely dedicated to the mission of recruiting, training and mobilizing” pro-life groups in local schools, according to Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice.

The evening also included remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, followed by keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America and author of “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” 

Kristan, a Christian, wife, mother, author, speaker, and human rights advocate, was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up the organization from a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,300 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. The group seeking to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors for your support!

Title Sponsors

  • John and Bette Gilwee
  • Interstate Commercial Glass & Door
  • Family of Kate Kelly
  • LaValley Foundation
  • Pat McNamara and Patti Savage-McNamara
  • Perrysburg Automall
  • Harvey Popovich, M.D.

Major Sponsors

  • Brady and Katie Fineske, TDC Investment Advisory
  • Paul and Joan Miller & MFC Products, LLC
  • Hal and Kelly Reed

You can support the #prolife cause in Northwest Ohio by donating online at Catholic Charities secure website noting “Friends for Life Fundraiser” at checkout! Or you may contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Director of Development, directly at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information.

Thank you for your support!

Miriam House's 20th Anniversary Celebrated with Bishop Thomas April 9

NORWALK, OH— Many thanks to all who joined us in supporting Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary celebration! Over 100 people attended the dinner event and many who were unable to attend generously donated.

The Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary “Transforming Lives,” with keynote speaker Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, was held Friday, April 92021 at the Norwalk Eagles Club 771, 151 Cline Street, Norwalk, OH. Sarah, a former Miriam House resident, shared a moving testimonial as to how the support and services she received there transformed her life.

Miriam House, located in Norwalk, Ohio, is Catholic Charities transitional shelter serving homeless women and their children from across the Diocese of Toledo.

The Miriam House provides a safe, warm, clean home for children and their mothers to sleep, eat and feel welcome, while our  supportive and caring Catholic Charities staff members help them get their lives in order and the mothers learn needed skills to live independently.

Many Thanks to these Title Sponsors: 

First Energy Foundation

Fisher Titus Medical Center

The McGlinchy Family

Mr. & Mrs. David G. Orzechowski

Perrysburg AutoMall

Bob & Sue Savage

Anonymous

Many Thanks to these Major Sponsors:

American Timber & Steel

Fisher’s Transmission Center

Mark & Denise Hench

Dr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Seiwert

Many Thanks to these Partner Sponsors:

Evans Funeral Home

Valerie French & St. Pauls High School Teen Leadership Corps Program

Alma R. Hakes

Gerard & Patricia Hipp

Reverend Franklin Kehres

Hal & Kelly Reed

John & Connie Schoen

Don & Tam Wisler

Vacationland Federal Credit Union

Many Thanks to these Friend Sponsors:

Gabriel Group

J & B Acoustical, Inc.

Knight Insurance Group

Daniel & Natalie Kommeth

Judy L. Moser & David Nunez

Munger Munger & Associates Architects, Inc.

Harvey Popovich, M.D.

Anonymous

Special Thank You to John & Sue Riley for their dedication and support of Miriam House!

Also thanks to the Norwalk Eagles Club 771 for generously donating the use of their venue and the delicious perch and prime rib meals they served to our guests!

Thank You For Supporting Our Catholic Charities Ministries!

Your Support of Catholic Charities Ministries is Greatly Appreciated!

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 shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise across our 19-county service area.

During this season of giving, your prayers and generous year-end gift, will help ensure no one seeking help is turned away. Please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries! Every gift matters to those we serve.

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $30 provides the educational resources to train one Adult Advocacy Services volunteer.
  • $50 feeds 10 men, women, and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, serving 225 meals daily.
  • $75 provides a night of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.
  • $150 ensures an elderly person receives one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship care.
  • $300 provides 10 nights of safe shelter, meals and case management support for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides a week of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those who need it most!

Donating is Easy!

You can make your Catholic Charities donation any number of ways:

On the Go?

Text GT to 419-314-4628

Designate Your Online Gift:

Make a designated donation online on our secure Catholic Charities website

Drop Off Or Mail Your Check:

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

Together, we are the hands and heart of Christ Jesus in the world. On behalf of those we serve #ThankYou! #GivingTuesday2020

Questions? 

For more information on giving options, contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org

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

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!”

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.

Rodney Schuster

“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.

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.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is providing groceries Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Hygiene products are being distributed from the Helping Hands Food Pantry Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Helping Hands Clothing Center is closed right now to process donations. We hope to hope to re-open soon to serve guests and begin accepting new donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, and small household items. Stay tuned.

“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 needing assistance or wanting to volunteer/assist with donation drives 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. Thank you! God Bless!

Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive Benefits HOPE Food Pantry

MANSFIELD, OH — For 28 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive physically stocked food pantries around the country with the non-perishable food items collected on their mail routes.

This year, the NALC is hosting the Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive instead because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Help ensure no one goes hungry by making a generous financial contribution to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry on our secure website: catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate *We ask you to please note during checkout your donation is in response to the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive. Thank You!

Each month, our HOPE Pantry feeds on average 1,700 hungry women, children and men. Bagged groceries are being provided during the pandemic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. HOPE Pantry is located at Catholic Charities Mansfield Office’s lower level, 523 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio. Call 419.524.0733 for more information.

 

Catholic Charities Appreciates Your #GivingTuesdayNow Support!

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 Seeks Financial and In-Kind Donations

TOLEDO, OH — “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 all of our wonderful 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.” 

“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.”

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.

Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of faith or background, by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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