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$5.6 Million Raised by New York Times in Neediest Cases: 14 Catholic Charities of New York Stories Featured

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by John-Mark de Palma

The 107th New York Times Neediest Cases campaign tells the stories of New Yorkers in desperate need. Many of the profiles feature an individual or a family who benefited from the Fund and illustrates the difference New Yorkers can make in the lives of others. Partnering with 8 organizations in New York, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the funds are distributed and the stories are shared. The campaign ran from November to January.

Alice Kenny of Catholic Charities New York oversees the New York Times' Neediest Cases​ for CCNY. She coordinates stories, interviews and works on the featured content with the paper's writers. She has this to say:

What an honor to work with some of the people I admire most, Catholic Charities’ compassionate case managers, The New York Times talented reporters and, most of all, the brave people we serve at Catholic Charities, also known as The New York Times Neediest Cases.  Thanks to reader generosity inspired by their powerful stories I have witnessed lives transformed.  A deaf immigrant can now hear thanks to donated hearing aides.  A blind man can now see thanks to funds donated to cover his eye surgery.  These miracles are all thanks to Catholic Charities NY’s more than 100-year partnership with The New York Times Neediest Cases campaign.

“Across the country and around the world, the generosity of Times readers to the Neediest Cases Fund always astounds us,” said Eileen Murphy, president of the fund. “We are pleased that they gave not only to the fund, but were also motivated to help the people we profiled with additional support.”

The Catholic Charities Blog, “Grand Finale: Served by Catholic Charities & Profiled by The New York Times,” by Alice Kenny, discusses some of Catholic Charities cases. The stories of Jordan and the Fernandez family are featured in the  New York Times piece, “Stories That Inspired Readers to Give $5.6 Million.”

During the 2018-2019 year, The New York Times featured 14 stories from Catholic Charities of New York. They are:

‘How Can I Help?’ Meet 5 People Who Serve the Community

A Nonverbal Son and a Mom’s Life on Hold

Hobbled by Health Problems, a Pizza Man Hangs Up His Apron

From Homeless to Dream Job in Just One Year

Helping Those in Need Find Thanksgiving

She Lost Her Husband and Daughter. Four Children Still Count on Her

Blinded by a Medical Treatment, She’s Restarting With Her Son by Her Side

Toys and Toiletries: Helping Needy Families Get What They Asked for This Christmas

After an Attack by Zealots, an Indian Family Seeks Asylum

Quotation of the Day: A Family Seeks Asylum, Battling Back After Zealots Attack

From Paralysis to Motherhood, She Never Gave Up

New York Wasn’t What She Had Hoped. Job Training is Giving Her a Second Chance.

‘We Are a Casita Family.’ In the Bronx, an Education Center Provides a 2nd Home

Stories That Inspired Readers to Give $5.6 Million


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