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.
Conquering Her Mobility Obstacles With an Upbeat Attitude
By: Lauren Hard
Published online: January 1, 2018
Print edition: January 2, 2018
"Catherine Sanderson was in her senior year of high school when she began to feel unsteady on her feet, preventing her from participating in some activities in gym class." Read more.
Working in Philanthropy, Then Finding Himself in Need
By: Matthew Sedacca
Published online: December 11, 2017
Print edition: December 12, 2017
"Kenneth Dillard Jr. remembers the day he committed to improving the lives of others instead of his own. Just before Mr. Dillard left his position as an accountant at the firm Coopers & Lybrand in 1979, the head of human resources took him to the Rainbow Room in Manhattan to woo him to stay at the company over a steak dinner. His mind, however, had already been made up." Read more.
At 76, Studying Social Work After Reaching for a Helping Hand
By: John Otis
Published online: December 4, 2017
Print edition: December 5, 2017
"In his mid-70s, Selwyn Allen began plotting out an entirely new career path, with aims to enter the social work field. 'I don’t feel like my age,' Mr. Allen, 76, said recently, adding, 'I attempt anything I want to do. My mind tells me to do it.' " Read more.
Breathing In Ocean Air After ‘Rotting Away’ for Years
By: John Otis
Published online: October 31, 2017
Print edition: November 1, 2017
"Much in the last decade of Charlotte Wood’s life has left her feeling trapped. Depression swirled as she underwent heart surgery, lost her home during an extended nursing home stay and turned to junk food for comfort." Read more.
For the First Time, Hearing the Birds Chirp and the Wind Whistle
By: John Otis
Published online: October 21, 2017
Print edition: October 22, 2017
"Strangers approach Charlen Evans, on street corners and city buses, when they notice her cochlear implant. They greet her by placing a finger just below their ear, gliding it in an arc across the cheek and stopping just shy of the mouth." 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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