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Changing Lives… Building Communities

06 Jan, 2021 | News

Thank You for Helping Spread Christmas Joy to Families in Need!

This past Christmas, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens hosted various Santa's Toy Shops for Families in Need. Staff and volunteers acted as “Personal Shopper Elves” to help families pick out the perfect gift for their child. Gifts were donated by generous supporters of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, such as Investors Bank and the Bay Ridge Restaurant Coalition, local parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. Thanks to the generosity of donors and friends, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens was able to help hundreds of families this past holiday season.

Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has witnessed a 1000% increase in food requests and has provided much-needed food packages and services at the 20 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and an additional 27 affiliate pantries located throughout both boroughs. In total, the agency distributed over $400 million in food assistance in 2020. In addition, Catholic Charities witnessed a 37 percent increase in clients in 2020, and continued to deliver mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education.