Imagine Spokane in 1941. There is no Fairchild Air Force Base (it opened in 1942). The Davenport Hotel is still owned by Louis Davenport (He sold it in 1945). And Catholic Charities held its first Christmas Collection to support its programs.
Isn’t it incredible how generous our community is? Just as Spokane is reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor and 15,000 Spokane residents are enlisting to protect America abroad, our community responded to Catholic Charities’ request to help protect vulnerable Americans at home.
Today, 77 years later, we are launching Catholic Charities Collection 2018! The Collection theme this year focuses on transforming lives. Given the circumstances surrounding our first Collection, maybe it’s appropriate this year’s campaign features the story of a veteran and his family whose lives were transformed when they found stable housing through a Catholic Charities housing community in Walla Walla.
We’re grateful to our community members who have given generously over the years so more of our vulnerable neighbors can live with dignity and hope. We want you to know that it’s your support, your gift, your donation and your volunteer hours that transform the lives of our clients. You do the heavy lifting with us.
In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for our Collection materials!
The story of the veteran in Walla Walla will appear on TV on KREM and KHQ and on the radio on iHeartMedia.
If you sign up for our mailing list, you’ll receive a couple more good-news stories from Catholic Charities and a Christmas message from our CEO, Rob McCann.
We are also sending out a Collection brochure that shows the impact our supporters have had through our Immigration and Legal Services Program, our Respite project at House of Charity and through St. Margaret’s Shelter. Each story represents just one of the more than 70,000 people Catholic Charities serves each year.
Collection is an exciting time at Catholic Charities because we get to highlight our partnership with our community members and put a spotlight on the critical you make possible. Collection funds all programs for the following year.