Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others of good will to support a special parish and community collection for winter utility assistance for families in need.
The "Keep the Kids Warm" campaign will take place between the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 30) and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 13) in parishes and in the community.
All funds raised through this special effort will be returned to the counties in which they were collected to provide direct assistance to families in need.
"Keep the Kids Warm" specifically aims to assist "working poor" families who do not qualify for government assistance, as well as those families who have no resources after government subsidized programs such as HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) have lapsed.
Last year, Catholic Charities raised nearly half of the funds for "Keep the Kids Warm" from individual contributions, which helped 6,000 people keep their utilities connected during the cold winter months.
Catholic Charities serves all qualifying people in need, regardless of their religion.
Donations to support "Keep the Kids Warm" may be sent to Catholic Charities, Keep the Kids Warm, P.O. Box 614, Youngstown, OH 44501. Donations may also be made on Catholic Charities' website at www.ccdoy.org.
For more information, contact Brian Corbin, executive director of Catholic Charities Services, at 330-744-8451, ext. 320.