Catholic Charities' Project Bethlehem Recipients Give Back To The Community

Dec. 16, 2013—As a new component of Catholic Charities’ Project Bethlehem program, recipients are volunteering at holiday events at Helping Hands of St. Louis as a way to give back to the community for the gifts they receive.  Project Bethlehem recipients will volunteer at Helping Hands of St. Louis’ annual children’s Christmas party on Dec. 18.

The new aspect of the program developed after several clients expressed a willingness to share their gratitude to those who helped make Christmas possible for their families.  “The volunteer activities allow Project Bethlehem clients the opportunity to say thanks and express the spirit of giving,” says Vickie Williams, Catholic Charities coordinator of the Project Bethlehem program.

Project Bethlehem matches Catholic Charities’ client families who can’t afford gifts in the holiday season with community sponsors. The sponsors buy toys and household items on clients’ wish lists. Sponsors include churches, businesses and individuals. This year, with the help of over 30 sponsors, the program is serving 65 Toledo-area families.  

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