Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and The New York Times Neediest Cases Campaign

 
For more than 100 years, The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has provided direct assistance to children, families and the elderly in New York. As one of the eight beneficiary agencies of The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to help thousands in need. The New York Times publishes articles appearing daily from November through January each year, featuring inspiring stories of those who have been helped.
 
Without the continued support of The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, many would be without the help they so desperately need. Contributions from supporters like you ensure the continuation of this Fund and, more importantly, the survival of our programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors and the mentally challenged or isolated.
 
Below are stories from the 2018-2019 campaign, which runs in the Metro Section of The New York Times daily from November 2018 through January 2019, of individuals helped through Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens who’ve courageously shared their stories.
 
 
Toys and Toiletries: Helping Needy Familes Get What They Asked for This Christmas
By: Remy Tumin and John Otis
Published online: December 23, 2018
Print edition: December 24, 2018
"Imagining the personality and quirks of the child destined to receive a gift is also a theme of the annual toy drive benefiting Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. It has taken place on the second Saturday of December for 36 years, thanks to Don Costello a retired lieutenant commander with the New York City Police Department." Read more 
 
After a Surprise Layoff, 'I Didn't Have a Safety Net'
By: John Otis
Published online: December 9, 2018
Print edition: December 10, 2018
"On a recent morning, the guy mopping the bar in Chelsea was wearing a suit and tie.
 
"The man, Kevin Carr, had a job interview later that day. But he did not want to neglect his current part-time job one of several cleaning and prepping the bar before its doors opened later." Read more     
 
A Toast to the Future From Young People Who Needed a Path  
By: John Otis
Published online: December 4, 2018
Print edition: December 5, 2018
"Struggling with dyslexia, Clarinda Arrunategui dropped out of high school a couple of years ago. But this fall, she took part in a modest graduation of a different sort. 
 
"Ms. Arrunategui and 33 peers who have all faced obstacles and disadvantages ranging from poverty to difficulties at home, recently celebrated  completing the Intern and Earn program, a 12-week paid internship program for people 16 to 24." Read more
 
He's Shed Almost 400 Pounds and He's Ready to Rejoin the Work Force
By: John Otis
Published online: November 24, 2018
Print edition: November 25, 2018
"It hurt to stand. To climb stairs. To walk to the nearest grocery store.
 
"Yet every Saturday, Michael Warner took a bus from Astoria in Queens to Midtown Manhattan, hwere he bought three dozen doughnuts from the city's lone Krispy Kreme franchise." Read more
 
Helping Those in Need Find Thanksgiving
By: Remy Tumin and John Otis
Published online: November 21, 2018
Print edition: November 22, 2018
"Alphonse Catanese's father ran a construction company. Every year, he would pack turkeys in ice in the back of a dump truck, then drive to job sites and supply yards in Brooklyn and Queens to provide employees and friends with their Thansgiving bird.
 
"When Mr. Catanese retired from his own career in construction a few years ago, he wanted to continue his fathers charitable efforts. So he and his wife, Maria, decided to revive the tradition of distributing turkeys as a way to honor their parents — though they don't use a dump truck." Read more  
 
 
She Worked to Own a Home. Now She's Struggling to Keep It
By: Remy Tumin
Published online: November 18, 2018
Print edition: November 19, 2018
"Elba Roman knew she wanted the apartment from the moment she laid eyes on it. She had seen other places but this one stood out." Read more.
 

To donate to any of our past clients or the ones that your read about below, or to make a general donation, please send a check with a memo saying "Neediest Cases" and mail to:  Office of Development & Communications, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please make the check payable to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. For a specific client, please include their name in the memo as well.  

You can also donate via our website, by clicking here. You can also donate to the Fund through The New York Times website. For more information, please call 718-722-6202. 

 


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