November 2015 - Season of Thanks and Giving
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,

The Thanksgiving holiday and the Seasons of Advent and Christmas are a time when many of us reflect on our blessings and give thanks. At Catholic Charities of Central Florida, we give thanks for you - our donors, friends and volunteers who help us to provide hope and opportunity to those most in need.
 
Please join us as we remember those individuals and families who simply cannot afford the necessities of life and often struggle to maintain their homes. These good people with inherent dignity are facing many difficulties such as a sudden illness, the loss of a loved one or unemployment.
 
Your time spent donating and packing food at a pantry helps feed families at Thanksgiving. Your donation of a gift card helps a single mother pay for gas to drive to work each day. The toy you donate helps a refugee child celebrate their first Christmas in the United States. 
 
As channels of mercy, each of us is extending God’s compassion and love to his precious children – especially the ones who are most in need.  I pray that we continue to work together to make this and every season brighter for the people we serve,

God bless you today and always,
Gary Tester
Executive Director
Cards for Caring - Gift-cards from Publix, Wal-Mart, Target, gas stations or grocery stores help families purchase food, clothing, medications and other basic needs. During the Christmas season, these cards are also a gift to parents who wouldn't otherwise be able to purchase their child's most wished for gift. For more information, contact: Christine.Young@cflcc.org or 407-246-4823. 
Food Donations - meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.), pasta (whole wheat), rice and beans, dry cereal, shelf stable milk, peanut butter. For more information, contact: Christine.Young@cflcc.org or 407-246-4823. For large group donations, contact your local pantry to schedule a donation pickup.
Christmas Toy Drive - Toys for children of all ages bring the joy of the Christmas season to children served in our programs. Most needed items are: footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, dolls, action figures, legos, reading books for children of all ages, coloring books and crayons, board games.  For more information, contact: Christine.Young@cflcc.org or 407-246-4823.
Personal Care Items - Personal care items help offer dignity to families who are served by our programs that prevent homelessness. They also help offer dignity to the homeless men and women who are cared for at  Pathways to Care. Most needed items are: pajamas, slippers, jeans (new or gently used), sweat shirts (M, L, XL), men's underwear (M, L, XL), men's undershirts (L), women's underwear (6,7,8), flip-flops (M,L, XL), gym shoes, wash cloths, hair brushes, feminine hygiene products, manicure sets with nail clippers, water bottles, travel mugs, reading glasses. For more information, contact: Christine.Young@cflcc.org or 407-246-4823.
Health and Exercise Equipment - Donations such as yoga mats, a blood pressure cuff and digital scale help encourage men and women over 55 at our Lakeland Activity Center for Seniors to stay active and healthy year-round. For additional donation needs and more information, contact: Barbara.Cage@cflcc.org or 863-687-2988.
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