Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud is hosting an outdoor drop-off fundraising appeal to benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Thanks to an anonymous donor, donations made during these two hours will be matched up to $10,000. The funds collected will help community programs, including Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf, to combat food insecurity in the St. Cloud area.
“While not just a holiday-time problem, this time of year does seem to draw extra attention to the struggles that too many families in our community have to put food on the table and meet their basic needs,” said Kateri Mancini, director of Social Concerns at Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Cloud and member of the Greater St. Cloud Faith Leaders group.
“Through my work at Catholic Charities, I have seen the many forms that hunger takes, and that it knows no boundaries. My work has also allowed me to witness, through the Greater St. Cloud Faith Leaders and similar groups, the beautiful things that can happen when we come together across boundaries and work to meet the needs of the community. I am so grateful to all people of faith who are coming together to make this time of year a blessed one for any and all neighbors in need.”
Atonement Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is at 1149 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud — located on the north side of St. Cloud, across from North Junior High School, at 13th St. N. and 29th Ave. N. (Write checks to “Catholic Charities” with “Make God’s Love Visible 2021” in the memo line.)
“Catholic Charities Make God’s Love Visible” annual appeal kicked off in October 2021, and 100% of donations given to this appeal go directly to Catholic Charities programs, with 90% to Catholic Charities Food Shelf, and 10% going to Catholic Charities programs with the greatest need. The first $10,000 dropped off at Atonement will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
In 2020, Catholic Charities provided services to 44,251 individuals. Catholic Charities Food Shelf distributed 1,303,807 pounds of food to 12,320 individuals across 4,138 households. Learn more about Catholic Charities at ccstcloud.org.