Thanks to the generosity of more than 500 donors, the 46th-annual Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal reached its $40,000 goal just days into the new year.
The appeal, whose proceeds support the emergency funds of Catholic Charities offices and affiliated agencies in the diocese, hit the $40,000 mark on Jan. 12. According to Judy DiGuardi, appeal coordinator and circulation manager for the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Cat√≥lico newspapers, more than 519 people have contributed a total of $41,392 to this year’s campaign as of Jan. 13.
DiGuardi said the appeal’s participation in the United Way’s ROC the Day online fundraiser Dec. 1 helped the campaign reach its goal. The event raised $1,032, which is the most money the appeal has garnered through ROC the Day since the fundraiser began five years ago.
Although the appeal has met its 2015-16 goal, donations are still being accepted for this year’s campaign through the end of February. Karen M. Franz, general manager and editor of the Courier and El Mensajero, noted that — even though Catholic Charities agencies see increasing need for emergency funding — declining contribution levels in the past several years led campaign organizers to reduce this year’s goal from the prior level of $50,000.
“After several years of failing to reach our goal, we decided we had to be more realistic about what we would be able to raise,” Franz said. “So while we’re very glad to have exceeded $40,000 with an uptick over last year’s results, we know there’s still a lot of unmet need in the community.”
To donate to the appeal at any time of the year, visit www.catholiccourier.com/christmas-appeal or complete the form here and mail a check to the Catholic Courier, PO Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624. Checks should be made payable to the Christmas Appeal.