Catholic Charities Building on Delaware Ave in Buffalo (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

The Annual Appeal Period for Catholic Charities is Wrapping Up

There is still more than two weeks left to donate

June 15, 2018 - 5:03 am
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BUFFALO (WBEN) - We're in the midst of the 94th annual Catholic Charities Appeal campaign, but time is running short. With a little over two weeks to go until the conclusion, Sister Mary McCarrick, director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, updated WBEN on the fundraising effort.

"By the time we finish processing [Thursday], we should be at $10.6 million," she said.

However, she says that some of the services that the charity provides could be downsized if the $11 million goal isn't met.

"Catholic Charities has eight pantries, and the food bank has asked us to open two new pantries - obe in Grand Island and one in Kenmore," said McCarrick. "We will only be able to do that if the Appeal can reach its goal."

Community coordinator Darlene Sery said that 6,000 people were positively impacted by a food pantry last year, 2,000 of which being children.

However, Catholic Charities is more than a collection of food pantries. It provides an assortment of services to people in need, and these services also depend on the money donated during the Appeal period.

"The money does provide all of the direct services," said McCarrick. "It also provides counseling for people who wouldn't have insurance, and sometimes we have contracts, but when you have a contract typically you have to give in 10%-15%, so the money draws down a lot of money from contracted services."

If you would like to find out more on the various services the organization offers, head to www.ccwny.org or call (716) 856-4494. There is still plenty of time to donate, so you can do so online or call (716) 218-1400.

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