Posts Tagged ‘helping neighbors’

How to Help New Yorkers in the New Year

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Thank you for everything you do throughout the year to help Catholic Charities provide help and create hope for New Yorkers.

When considering a year-end gift, it’s important to make sure your contribution will make an impact. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has once again been recertified by the Better Business Bureau’s Charity Review Program, meaning its policies and procedures have been reviewed and meet the standards of the charitable accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Philanthropic Advisory Service.

While Catholic Charities continues to help Sandy survivors, we need to remember the many others in New York who need help every day. Your 2012 tax-deductible gift can help Catholic Charities protect and nurture children; keep families housed and fed; help immigrants become part of their new home; allow persons with disabilities to find employment; provide necessities for New Yorkers in crisis.

There’s still time to help give families a good beginning for 2013. Donate today, or sign up to volunteer.

What are some ways you’re planning to help your neighbors in the new year?

Trapped on the 14th floor by Hurricane Sandy, disabled woman receives crucial help

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Marjorie, who is disabled and walks with a walker, was trapped in her 14th-floor apartment for days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast on October 30.  Her son Eugene, 12 years old and sick to his stomach, trekked up and down the 14 flights of stairs to get water from the fire hydrant. They covered their toilet with plastic bags they dropped off in the incinerator. The food in her refrigerator had spoiled.  They had nothing left to eat but peanut butter and were tapped out of funds.

Catholic Charities reached out to help.  Staff brought her grocery bags filled with canned vegetables, tuna, boxed milk, cereal and gift cards to the local Food Emporium.  She refused, however, offers to evacuate her.  Her water, off for four days was turned back on and she received electricity the following day.

“To say that my faith in the world has been restored is putting it mildly,” she said.

Do you need help?

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Would you like to help others recover?