Advent Blessings
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,

During the Advent Season we wait for the Lord's coming with hope.  It is a hope that urges us to be kind, loving and compassionate toward one another.  It is a hope that encourages our faith in a merciful God who continues to pour His grace upon us.
 
At Catholic Charities, we bring this hope to people each day - people like the Acker family. The dad has been facing an injury and the mom an illness which has prevented them from working full-time and now their 18 month old has been diagnosed with cancer.  We are helping them to have a memorable Christmas (see story below).
 
But we don’t do this alone! You have inspired us with your big hearts. There are so many individuals, parishes, schools, agencies and businesses that partner with us to bring hope to people who are facing the darkest days of their lives. Thanks to you - they are not alone.
 
Advent blessings to you and your family!
Gary Tester
Executive Director
Christmas Comes Early for Family in Need
Three-year old Chloe and 19-month old Raylan unwrapped dolls, toys, and books in front of a brightly lit Christmas tree on Dec. 14 while their parents, Jessica and Matthew, watched. What looked like any other Christmas celebration is especially meaningful to this young family because of Raylan’s recent terminal diagnosis... Click here to read more.
 
Helpful Hearts in our Community
We hosted a party for our recently arrived refugees who will be celebrating their first Christmas in the U.S. They fled violence, poverty and fear and now they have hope for a better life. Thank you to all who helped with this event especially Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida! Click here to read more. 
Thank you to our volunteers and co-sponsors who helped us provide free and fresh produce and more to seniors and families.

Thank you to everyone who donated newborn items to help families welcoming a child through our adoption services.

Thank you to the Community Foundation of South Lake who donated $10,000 to help us offer support to families in crisis through our Family Stability Program.

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Make a donation to support direct services to clients of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Your gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Gifts received on or before December 31, 2015, may qualify for a 2016 income tax deduction. Letters for income tax purposes are mailed in January to all donors who have made a total gift of $250 or more to Catholic Charities of Central Florida. 
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