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Vermont Catholic Charities Advent Appeal update

The Vermont Catholic Charities Inc. annual Advent Appeal got off to a good start with 886 donors giving more than $71,000 as of Dec. 18 to support individuals and families in need for Christmas and throughout the year.

Last year at the same time 535 donors had given $41,000.

"I am grateful to all the donors who supported our annual Advent Appeal. What a blessing and amazing gift you have given to individuals and families throughout Vermont," said Mary Beth Pinard, executive director of Vermont Catholic Charities. "It is such a relief for all of those helped to know that rent will be paid, heat and lights will stay on, food will be on the table, and gifts will be under the tree. Every gift truly does make a difference."

Money raised during this appeal was and will be used to help individuals and families meet basic needs such as food, utilities, and rent. For Christmas, gift cards were given to help provide children with Christmas gifts.

Those who received Christmas aid included 61 households from 14 different parishes. Additionally, 140 households from throughout the state were helped through Vermont Catholic Charities' emergency aid offices.

"To have a few presents under the tree and Christmas dinner with my children is a blessing. Thank you," said one recipient.

This year a change was made to the appeal so that it would focus not only on helping people at Christmas but also provide additional funds for Vermont Catholic Charities' year-round Emergency Aid program. Throughout the year, Vermont Catholic Charities provides aid to hundreds of individuals and families who need immediate short-term financial support.

To donate, send checks made payable to the Emergency Aid Fund to Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc., 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vt. 05403.

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