In the midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, please consider being the light for Vermonters in need of emergency assistance by making a gift to Vermont Catholic Charities’ annual Advent Appeal. For 27 years, you have answered the call to bring the joy and hope of the Advent season to those in need.
The “Season of Giving” has no bounds for people in need. At Christmastime and throughout the year, it is a daily struggle for many Vermonters to maintain housing, stay warm or feed their families. Please consider helping people in crisis, especially the most vulnerable among us — children, struggling parents, the elderly and the sick.
Help people like John and Lisa feed their children. John and Lisa have five school-aged children. They both have jobs, but due to a medical emergency, Lisa had to take extra time off from work. The family was getting by, but as Christmas approached Lisa and John worried about making ends meet. Vermont Catholic Charities provided the family with a food card. They commented, “Thank you for your kindness. We were losing hope, but this gift helped us have a joyful Christmas.”
Help people like Brendan and Kelly keep the heat on. They live in rural Vermont getting by on a small pension. Due to unexpected medical expenses, they fell behind on their heating bill. Vermont Catholic Charities helped them avoid the disconnection of utilities so they could stay safe and warm. They said, “Thank you. We are relieved and so grateful for this support.”
These are real people, and with your support we can assist people just like them, our neighbors in need. Your gift helps us to continue to show God’s love in concrete ways.
Last year, thanks to your generosity, 1,300 adults and 900 children received aid through the Advent Appeal and our Emergency Aid Program.
We ask for your prayerful consideration of a donation to this year’s Appeal; every gift — whatever the size — makes a difference. Please support this worthy effort by sending a check to Vermont Catholic Charities, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403 or giving online.
On behalf of Vermont Catholic Charities and all the Vermonters you will help, thank you.
May you have blessed and healthy Advent and Christmas seasons.
Mary Beth Pinard
Executive Director of Vermont Catholic Charities