By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter and Santa’s elf
The Catholic Key elves have been gathering Christmas wishes from charities and ministries in the diocese. These ministries and charities would love to find needed items or donations under their trees Christmas morning so that the people they serve can be better served.
Catholic Charities Deaf and Disability Ministry
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Personal hygiene items
Diapers, infant formula, baby clothing and supplies
Gas cards and city bus passes
Gift cards to discount and grocery stores
New men’s pants, jeans and belts, sizes 32-40
New wallets for men and women
New winter coats, hats and gloves for all ages
Pharmacy gift cards for aging adults
Monetary donations are always welcome.
For more information, visit www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org
FIRE Foundation raises funds to help partner schools — 10 Catholic elementary and two Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph — pay the salaries of special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and acquire equipment to enable children with special needs to attend school with their siblings and friends. The partner schools are St. Peter’s, St. Thomas More, St. Elizabeth, Visitation, St. Therese-Parkville, Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Angels, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nativity of Mary, Our Lady of the Presentation grade schools and Archbishop O’Hara and St. Pius X high schools.
Gift cards to Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart (to be used to buy learning technology for students who attend partner schools.
Cash donations to be used for grants to partner schools, enhancing their capacity to welcome students with special needs. (Checks should be made out to FIRE Foundation or donors can go to firefoundation.org and click on the Donate button)
A blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas to all!