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Financial Program for Women By Women Aims for Economic Empowerment

“We know that as women, our relationship with money is different than a man’s,” said Catholic Charities Economic Security Coordinator Becky Gripp. “We use it differently and we handle it differently. Our program was created by women for women to share information and learn from one another.” Contact: Lisa Tulp Communications Coordinator Catholic Charities of…
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Catholic Charities USA Acts to Reduce Poverty in America

“On this day, 50 years ago, in his first State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty in America. Now, 50 years later, ample evidence suggests that the war is far from over,” said Rev. Larry Snyder, President of CCUSA. National Organizations Commit to Working Together to Reduce Poverty…
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Christmas Packages Prepared for Families in Need

December 5, 2013 Polsinelli, one of the nation’s fastest-growing law firms, partnered with Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, one of the area’s largest social service agencies, to provide gifts for a record 118 children this year. “We have been very fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Polsinelli,” said Catholic Charities Human Resources Director…
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November 18, 2013
“The people who have the least are the people who are most appreciative,” McCrory said. “But in many ways, they also have the most – the most heart, the most joy at receiving gifts.”

Contact: Lisa Tulp
Communications Coordinator
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc.
Office: 816.659-8226
email: ltulp@ccharities.com

HUNDREDS OF CHRISTMAS WISH LISTS FULFILLED THROUGH PROJECT SHINING STAR

Waiting List Remains for Annual Catholic Charities Gift-Giving Campaign

KANSAS CITY, MO – When poverty is a daily struggle, Christmas presents are not an option for hundreds of
children, families and seniors served by Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Thanks to Project Shining Star, however, many of them will receive gifts and necessities this holiday season.

Project Shining Star seeks donations from the community to fill hundreds of wish lists each year. This season, Catholic Charities collected more than 625 wish lists from children. Businesses, community groups and individuals responded generously by adopting nearly 573 children so far, but dozens remain on our waiting list.

“If not for Project Shining Star, I know many children and families who would wake up with nothing on Christmas morning,” said Nicole McCrory, Services for Young Families Program Manager.

Many times, wish lists include only necessities; underwear, socks and warm winter clothing are requested as often as games, toys or movie tickets. For mothers with young children, diapers are one of the most requested items.

“The people who have the least are the people who are most appreciative,” McCrory said. “But in many ways, they also have the most – the most heart, the most joy at receiving gifts.”

In addition to fulfilling the wishes on our waiting list, Project Shining Star is also seeking donations for nearly 500 seniors. The most requested and appreciated item is a $10 pharmacy card.

Giving drives, shopping trips and donation drop-offs are underway now through December 7. Monetary donations and gift cards are welcome. For more information, please visit www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org.

About Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Founded in 1879, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is a nationally accredited, non-profit agency dedicated to human services across Central and Western Missouri. Inspired by the Gospel mandate, Catholic Charities transforms lives and communities through hope-filled care, services and advocacy.

The impact of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is felt every day in the communities it serves. Annually, the agency assists more than 150,000 people of all faiths, ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds.

For more information about Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, visit catholiccharities-kcsj.org.

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