Catholic Charities is appealing for money through its Christmas letter appeal.
All the money stays local to benefit the Catholic Family & Child Service Network, Catholic Charities Housing Service and St. Vincent Centers throughout Central Washington.
The appeal will run through Christmas with donations being collected in communities throughout Central Washington, including Benton and Franklin counties.
Money also will be collected during Christmas Day and Christmas Eve Masses. The money will be used to support local services and programs throughout Catholic Charities' service areas to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, child care, senior outreach, foster care, teen outreach, housing and advocacy support.
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During this year's collection, a portion of the proceeds from the Annual Christmas Collection for Catholic Charities will help support a new, state-wide pregnancy and parenting initiative designed to offer support to women in crisis pregnancies and their young children throughout Washington.