Teens in the youth group at St. Patrick’s Parish in Victor are participating in Cards of Care, a national response by Catholic youths to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Through this program, young people collect $5 to $25 gift cards from national retail stores and donate them to charities involved in hurricane-relief efforts.
As of mid-November, youth-group members at St. Patrick’s collected $200 in gift cards. Those who wish to donate gift cards may give them to any youth-group member, or they may be dropped off for or mailed to youth minister Megan Anechiarico at the youth room in St. Patrick’s parish center, 115 Maple Ave., Victor 14564.
Cards of Care began on Sept. 3, and by Oct. 14, 607 cards worth a total of $7,130.42 had been collected nationally. Retailers with a strong presence in areas affected by the hurricane include BP-Amoco, Bruno’s/Food World, Chevron-Texaco, CVS, Eckerd, Exxon-Mobil, Home Depot, K-Mart, Krogers, Lowes, Publix, Rite Aid, Shell, Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Winn Dixie. Donations of long-distance calling cards of any brand are also accepted through Cards of Care.
For more information, contact Anechiarico at 585/742-1984 or visit the Cards of Care Web site at www.cardsofcare.org.