Catholic Charities Launches Christmas Appeal

ccstl_xmas-appeal_2008.jpgCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has launched its 24th annual Christmas Appeal, setting a goal of $1.8 million.

"Catholic Charities has been serving the poor, needy, and those at risk in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 1912," said Tom Mulhearn, Catholic Charities president. "The needs have changed, the faces are different, but the way we reach out to our brothers and sisters is the same—as if each one is Jesus Christ Himself."

According to Mulhearn, "Catholic Charities' eight federation agencies welcome the abused, neglected, hungry, homeless, and treat the elderly, the refugee, and the unborn with respect. We provide emergency shelter, hot meals, friendship, moral guidance, counseling, foster care, job training, and education to the young, the old, and those at risk in our community."

Last year Catholic Charities helped almost 150,000 people directly and indirectly throughout the St. Louis Archdiocese. The annual Christmas Appeal, which runs through December and January, is a major source of funds for Catholic Charities efforts. And 100 percent of donations go directly to sustaining Catholic Charities.

"Our work is about long-term solutions, stabilizing families and making a difference in the lives of those who are desperate and seeking help," said Mulhearn.

Mail donations to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 952393, St. Louis MO 63195-2393, or go to