Dear Friend of Caritas,

Summer is upon us and with it, temperatures that are steadily climbing. When that first blast of heat hits, what’s the first thing you do? If you’re like most of us, you head for the thermostat. You might think twice about how far to lower it or groan at the prospect of a higher utility bill. But…imagine for a moment not being able to adjust the thermostat, simply because you don’t have one. What if your home has air conditioning, but you must decide between using it and buying food or medication for yourself or a family member? That’s the reality for too many people in our community. It’s a heartbreaking decision that no one should face.

Each summer, Caritas distributes box fans to those with inadequate cooling in their homes. Many of these are elderly residents, for whom relief from the heat can be life-saving. We also provide funds for utility payments to clients who are in danger of having their water or electricity disconnected.

In addition to the stress that comes with summer temperatures, many families struggle to feed their children who, during the school year, are served by the free- and reduced-price lunch program. Suddenly, they find themselves in the position of needing to provide three meals a day. Those families turn to Caritas for help. Although it is difficult to keep our pantry shelves full during these months of higher demand, we make sure our clients continue to receive the food they need – including healthy options like fresh fruit and vegetables.

Caritas is here to help, but we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to become a member of our “Fan Club”. Your gift will allow us to purchase fans, assist with utility payments or keep food on the table for families in our community. (As always, donations of non-perishable food items are also appreciated.) Here’s how your donation can impact a life:

  $20 will cover the cost of one box fan 
  $50 will allow Caritas to purchase 125 pounds of food; and
  $100 will provide assistance to a family in danger of losing their water or electric service.

Your gift is extremely important to the 2,500+ families we serve each month, as it provides resources that make an immediate impact. Please use the enclosed form and envelope to make your generous, tax-deductible contribution. It will make a world of difference to so many who rely on the services of Caritas. Your kindness will be appreciated by countless families in our community.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and for your generous support. If you have any questions, please contact us at 753-4593.

P.S. Your employer may have a matching gifts policy. Contact your HR department to inquire about doubling your gift!