CINCINNATI – March 17, 2015 – The Gifts of the Magi Fund provided hope and $64,513 to the poor and vulnerable in our community last year. These one-time assistance gifts enable at-risk families to avoid sliding into poverty or rise from poverty by being able to continue their jobs, stay in their homes, maintain the necessities of life such as food, heat, and water, bury a loved one or obtain medical equipment.
Last year, 104 families received gifts to offset the expense of household appliances, beds, bus passes, car repairs and tires, refurbished computers, dental appliances, funeral expenses, moving, utilities, propane and oil tank replacement, work boots and clothing and a wheelchair. Gifts of the Magi also offset medical interpreters training, legal fees for unaccompanied minors and immigration applications.
Gifts of the Magi is a collaboration between Catholic Charities, the Catholic Telegraph, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and the Archdiocesan Councils of St. Vincent de Paul. This unique program is open to any resident of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. This unique program provides a safety net for people who need resources not available through other services or programs and will lead to their sustainability. Visit http://ccswoh.org/services/gifts-of-the-magi/ to learn more.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has been serving the most vulnerable in our community for nearly 100 years. Our programs are designed to protect those at risk, serve the poor and welcome the stranger regardless of their religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and bring hope to more than 75,000 people each year. Visit www.ccswoh.org to learn more.