Following a successful parish fundraising effort, Corning’s All Saints Parish presented two local charities with checks for $17,471.50 each on the morning of July 28.
The presentation took place at St. Mary Church in Corning, with Father Matthew Jones, pastor, issuing the donations to representatives of Catholic Charities of Steuben/Livingston and the Salvation Army of Corning.
Earlier this year, All Saints Parish conducted a Lenten almsgiving effort to help members of in the parish and community who have been ravaged by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in their daily lives. Appeal letters, asking for donations to support Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, were sent in March. According to parish officials, the two organizations were selected to receive funds because of their commitment to providing an immediate and wide range of services and support for affected families in the community.
Among those benefitting from the nearly $35,000 fundraising effort were a family of seven who could not pay utility bills, accumulating $2,300 of debt and monthly cutoff threats because both parents were unemployed for five months; a couple in their 80s who couldn’t pay their rent for more than six months and faced eviction as food, medicine and utilities consumed their resources; and a family of five with one working parent who can barely meet their daily needs and could not afford to repair their vehicle, forcing them to rely on others for transportation.