Celebrating Giving Tuesday
with 3rd Annual Wall of Warmth

Sharing our RICHES and warming hearts

November 30th was a news-worthy day as we marked Giving Tuesday, the global day dedicated to charitable giving, with our 3rd annual Wall of Warmth. Staff and volunteers distributed more than 200 hand-knitted hats and scarves for children and adults, all made by volunteers from Maine to Florida. With the days growing shorter and colder, the Wall of Warmth is proof that small acts of kindness can make a world of difference to those in need — check out our coverage on WMTW Channel 8 WMTW Channel 8 and WGME Channel 13.

Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Day said the homemade items — including some blankets and over 200 cloth masks — were much needed and happily received. “I saw a lady who had just arrived here from Georgia wearing just socks and sandals and a light sweatshirt. She definitely appreciated a warm hat! Some older ladies came in a group, they were very excited to see all the different kinds of hats, and another lady came from getting food for her family at the food pantry and picked up hats for all her kids.”


Helping New Mainers Feel at Home

Charles Mugabe, Case Management Director, Refugee and Immigration Services, shines a light on the struggles of Afghan refugees

As part of an interview for the national PBS television show, "PBS NewsHour Weekend Edition," Charles shared how he and others at CCM’s Refugee and Immigration Services are welcoming the nearly 100 refugees from Afghanistan who have been arriving here in Maine — and how his own experiences as a refugee fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo inspire his work today. Watch the segment here.


Businesses Giving Back

A local toy retailer gets serious about spreading cheer

With a generous donation of a veritable sleigh-full of toys for boys and girls of all ages, one popular Portland toy store is helping bring joy to hundreds of children this year. The donated toys will go to children at our St. Louis and St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Centers and Education Services for Blind & Visually Impaired Children, as well as to clients in our behavioral health and addiction programs, so they will have gifts for their children this Christmas. Our Parish Social Ministry program will also distribute toys to children of parents in the Prison Ministry Program, parents who have missed out on other toy fund programs, and to area schools who’ve called on behalf of children in need. A wonderful example of how local businesses really are the heart of our communities!  


Fall Appeal Update

The giving keeps going!

Thanks to all who have already given to our annual Fall Appeal. Unfortunately, this time of year, the needs are at an all-time high. If you haven’t given yet, please give what you can today and know your gift can bring light and hope to someone this holiday. 


“At Christmas play and make good cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year.”

—Thomas Tusser


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