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65 Backpacks Donated to Catholic Charities by Parishioners of St. Stephen’s, Warwick, for Distribution to Area Youth in Need

For Immediate Release                                            

For more information, contact: Kristin Jensen
kristin.jensen@archny.org or 845.294.5124, ext. 303

GOSHEN, NY – Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan received a donation of 65 backpacks from the parishioners of St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick. Using the donation guidelines available through Operation Backpack, parishioners prepared backpacks generously filled with grade-appropriate school supplies for pre-kindergarten, grades 1 – 4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12.

Supplies included basic items like facial tissues, hand sanitizer, pencils, and paper for all ages. Packs prepared for high school students included specialty items including calculators, USB flash drives, and assignment planners.

Lydia vanDuynhoven, Director of Religious Education at St. Stephen’s, and colleague Marla Silbernagel, organized the backpack drive and delivered the packs to Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan’s Goshen location.

“We are so grateful for the generous donation from our friends at Warwick’s St. Stephen’s Church,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. “These backpacks will help students who might otherwise have gone without thrive and succeed this school year. This is a wonderful example of neighbor helping neighbor in our community,” added Dr. Scher.

Anyone interested in donating school supplies to Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan for distribution to youth in the agency’s two county service area may do so by contacting Kristin Jensen at 845.294.5124, ext. 303 or kristin.jensen@archny.org, or by stopping by Catholic Charities’ administrative offices at 27 Matthews Street in Goshen between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm. 

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Cutline: Showing off some of the 65 backpacks donated by the parishioners of St. Stephen’s in Warwick are (l-r): Barbara Devine, Catholic Charities, Marla Silbernagel, St. Stephen’s Parish, Lydia vanDuynhoven, St. Stephen’s Director of Religious Education, and Sheila Toohey, Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, as one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York, is committed to building a compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, as well as immigrants and the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes, non-Catholic, and Catholic partners to help people of all religions who are in need. For more information, visit www.catholiccharitiesoc.org.