A Lively Little Girl Needs a Kidney Donor - The New York Times

12/30/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

The day that Edgar Campos brought his wife and newborn girl home from the hospital was bittersweet.

Mr. Campos was overjoyed to have his family under the same roof for the first time, especially his wife, Amalia, 24, who spent almost a week in the hospital with pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure...

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomes 2 refugee families at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve - Daily News

12/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The spirit of the Christmas season was upon the city as Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed two refugee families to New York at Midnight Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Dolan asked worshipers at the church to open their hearts to two brothers, ages 17 and 19, from El Salvador. The siblings immigrated in 2014 to the U.S. to avoid gang...

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A Child, Born Prematurely, Who ‘Fights Because He Wants to Be Here’ - New York Times

12/22/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Avery Salas was born after 24 weeks of gestation and weighed 1 pound 13 ounces. Given a 15 percent chance of survival by doctors, he has become his mother’s miracle child.

“He’s such a fighter,” his mother, Samantha Delgado, 24, said. “My mom called him Samson, from the Bible, because he has this strength. He’s just so strong. He...

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Yonkers Raceway donates toys, coats to Catholic Charities - LoHud

12/21/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Yonkers Raceway donated almost 1,000 toys and coats to Catholic Charities.

The toys and coats were collected during the casino’s ninth annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive....

Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino, presented the annual donation to Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of...

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Harassed in Guinea, Homeless in New York and Happy to Be Together - New York Times

12/21/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

When a friend of Mariama Koulibaley’s told her about a man who had just graduated from a university in their native Guinea though legally blind and deaf, she was intrigued.

She met Mamadou Drame in 2010, and was smitten by his charm and the strength she saw in his self-sufficiency. She was impressed by how passionately he spoke about the...

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A Spirit Unbent Through Loss of Health and Home -The New York Times

12/20/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

When Margaret Macaluso speaks of her illness and losses, her voice is unwavering. She is resolved in the face of what cannot be changed.

“I don’t get depressed,” Ms. Macaluso said. “I don’t think about what’s going to be, or what’s going to happen. I just do my best every day.”

Her family’s home on Long Island was ravaged by...

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Pope Francis inspires New Yorkers to give back - Fox 5 News

12/18/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Pope Francis' visit to New York in September increased his favorability among all Americans, according to a Marist poll that shows his rating jumped from 58 percent to 74 percent. In addition, 58 percent of Americans and 82 percent of practicing Catholics said they are more likely to be charitable as a result of...

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NYC Mayor Outlines New Outreach to Homeless on Streets - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

12/18/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new task force Thursday to reach people living on the streets and usher them into long-term housing, The Wall Street Journal reports. Using police and City Hall resources and working block by block, the new Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Street Action Team will be able to respond quickly...

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In Addition to Nearly 1,000 Toys & Coats, Catholic Charities Receives Surprise Gift from Empire City Casino President at Ninth Annual Coat and Toy Drive

12/18/2015  |  Press Releases  |  Share

Donation Will Assist Hundreds of Families & Children in Need this Holiday Season 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2015

Contact: Taryn Duffy, Empire City Casino 914-457-2431, tduffy@empirecitycasino.com;
John Cirillo, Cirillo World 914-260-7436, johnnycigarpr@aol.com;
Paul Costiglio, Catholic Charities 646-794-...

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New York City to Expand Homeless Outreach - The Wall Street Journal

12/17/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Mayor Bill De Blasio announces aggressive new strategy at meeting with business leaders

A new task force will address street homelessness block by block and have the capability to send teams on scene within an hour of a resident reporting a homeless person, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.

The mayor described...

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Clothing drive held in White Plains - News 12 Westchester

12/15/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

A charity group held a clothing drive in White Plains Saturday. Catholic Charities worked with the Kmart in downtown White Plains to gather items for those in need during the holiday season. Shoppers from Catholic Charities helped out by shopping for coats, hats, socks and gloves to give to the nearly 400 people involved with the program. "It's...

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Volunteers shop for families in need in White Plains - Fios 1

12/15/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The 5th Annual St. Nicholas of Westchester Shopping Day provided gifts for over 400 families in need

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New York to Aid Immigrants Amid Stalled National Reforms - New York Times

12/14/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Immigration may be under attack across the country, but New York’s top officials used a national conference in Brooklyn on Monday to defend immigrants, though their soaring rhetoric overshadowed their fairly modest proposals.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who has pushed immigration reform as part of his liberal platform, said the city...

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Battered and Blind, and Finding a Home in the Bronx- New York Times

12/11/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

For Seana Cromitie, the surest sign of a new problem in a life full of them came in the place that had always been her sanctuary: the kitchen. There, in the Applebee’s restaurant in East Harlem where she worked, she would slice vegetables and miss, scarring her hands with small wound after small wound.

Ms. Cromitie, an animated woman...

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Skoufis Secures Grant for Catholic Charities - Hudson Valley News Network

12/08/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that he has secured a $25,000 grant for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County to help buy beds and other basic household items through the organization’s Case Management and Resources Exchange Program; this vital initiative serves over 2,100 local individuals and families every...

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Illness Shakes Mother Who Rebuilt Her Life - The New York Times

12/07/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

For more than a month, Angélica Diaz refused to acknowledge the contents of a letter from her doctor. She kept it from her employer.

“I knew once I decided to give that letter, I’d have to stop working,” Ms. Diaz, 48, said. “I wouldn’t know how to feed my kids, and how to pay my rent or do anything else.”

Her health had become...

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A Silent Daughter, Reunited With Her Father, Learns to Speak 3 Languages - New York Times

12/06/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

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When Daysi Perdomo came to the United States at 7, she could barely speak, her delayed speech owing to a hearing impairment. More than two years later, she can communicate in three languages.

Daysi’s arrival reunited her with her father, Getulio Perdomo, who left her in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 2006 in the...

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Astor home helped children in need - Poughkeepsie Journal

12/01/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Astor Services for Children and Families, on Mill Street (Route 9) in the Village of Rhinebeck, provides children’s residential treatment programs in order to reduce their need for psychiatric hospitalization. While it began operating at the site in 1914 as the Astor Home for Children its history dates to 10 years earlier in the Hamlet of...

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