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Help Neighbors in Need Enjoy A Thanksgiving Meal

TOLEDO, OH—Your donations to Helping Hands of St. Louis in East Toledo makes the holidays brighter for many who may be homeless or finding it tough to put food on their table.

“We are in need of 40 turkeys before November 19 for our annual Thanksgiving Meal and the 50 Thanksgiving Baskets being prepared this year for families in need,” says Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands.

“Donations of instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mixes, gravy, canned sweet potatoes, onions, canned fruit, butter, eggs, oil, dessert mixes (cake, brownies, cheesecake), apples and oranges are needed for the baskets.” 

Our Helping Hands Food Pantry also welcomes donations of canned meats, soups, canned fruit, mac and cheese and cereal (no Cheerios or cornflakes, please.)

Prepared desserts and large #10 cans of corn, green beans and fruit cocktail are needed for the traditional Thanksgiving Meal, this year served on Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH. Volunteers are needed to serve salads and drinks and to bring desserts. To volunteer, contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, at the text to volunteer # 419.318.7016 or email bwynn@toledodiocese.org.

Please drop off these Thanksgiving food items by Friday, Nov. 19 to Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH. Thank you for your generosity! Questions? Please contact the Helping Hands Office at 419-691-0613. Or email Sue Shrewsbery at sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

 

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

 

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 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!

40 Days for Life Continues Through April 5!

TOLEDO, OH— Join the pro-life community of NW Ohio as we pray for an end to abortion in Toledo. We seek God’s grace more lives than ever will be saved during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign! The campaign runs through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

You can participate through prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil. Become a Day Captain. We invite you to pray for an hour in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Avenue. You can sign up for a prayer time at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.

Since the International 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 1 million volunteers in over 61 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 16,000 lives have been saved, 190 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 104 abortion facilities have shut down!

Prayer Vigil

Come be a peaceful witness to the dignity of every human life, born and unborn, by standing for one hour to pray for the sanctity of human life and to offer hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. 

May our prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life. 

For more information, call Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at 419.214.4933 or email prange@toledodiocese.orgJoin the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training Offered May 8

TOLEDO, OH—Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Join us from 6 – 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Dominic Room, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Project RachelJoin us to learn how to effectively and lovingly advocate for the lives of unborn children on the sidewalks of abortion facilities and dialog with your family, neighbors and co-workers. You’ll learn how to articulate the Gospel of Life to a culture that desperately needs it!

For more information, please contact Peter Range, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419.214.6711.

 

All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in Climate Crisis

PERRYSBURG, OH—Grounded in Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, this year’s April 26 Earth Day Program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s Creation. Join us Friday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.

Learn about the alarming decline in the diversity and population of many plant and animal species—the gifts of God’s Creation which sustain all human life.

You’ll also learn how we can protect all life through our individual actions, through our communities, and through national and global advocacy and action.

This event is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team).

For more information, or to reserve your seat for this event, please contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 or rclarkphelps@gmail.com.

 

6th Annual St. Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service March 9

TOLEDO, OH—Alumni and Friends of Saint Meinrad Seminary are invited to join in on the 3rd Annual Toledo Saint Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH.

helping-hands-photoVolunteers will conduct a deep kitchen cleaning and kitchen inventory, organize stockroom and closets, and sort clothing donations.

For more information, email Patrick Carroll at pcarroll@inbox.com or Timothy Carroll timothycarroll5200@gmail.com. Or call the Saint Meinrad Office of Alumni Relations at (812) 357-6501.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for an evening of prayer and discussion on Monday, January 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH. Learn about the struggles faced by climate migrants—families driven from their homes by climate change—and two particularly vulnerable groups, Pacific Islanders and Guatemalan farmers in the Dry Corridor. You’ll also learn how we can help these brothers and sisters through aid, advocacy, and action.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World? is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team). Contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 (rclarkphelps@gmail.com) for more information.

 

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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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