Even though the 46th-annual Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal reached its 2015-16 campaign goal, donations are still being accepted through the end of February.
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 Católico newspapers, more than 500 people have contributed a total of $42,902 to this year’s campaign as of Feb. 8.
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 now or at any time of the year, visit www.catholiccourier.com/christmas-appeal.