December 11, 2018

Homeless Men And Women Served By Catholic Social Services Share Hope And Fill The Hearts Of At-Risk Children Attending The 63rd Annual Archbishop’s Benefit For Children Christmas Gala

As part of the inaugural “Sharing Hope, Filling Hearts” initiative, homeless men and women served by Catholic Social Services’ housing and lunch programs will prepare 550 stockings for homeless and at-risk youth attending the 63rd Annual Archbishop’s Benefit for Children.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (Auditorium)
222 North 17th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 Each stocking will include items generously donated by various companies and organizations including: stuffed animals (Petco), Tastykakes (Tasty Baking Company), bags of pretzels and chips (Herrs), fruit snacks and cereal bars (Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese), crayons and coloring books (ANTHEM).

 Over the last six decades the one day celebration known as the Archbishop Benefit for Children (ABC) has evolved into a year round fundraising initiative. ABC supports the daily operations and special projects of CSS programs that help more than 16,000 children living in poverty and youth at-risk from troubled family situations and challenged neighborhoods. Programs include prenatal outreach and new mother programs, after school care, shelters, and more.

ABC will culminate with The 63rd Annual ABC Christmas Gala. The party will be held at Philadelphia 201 Hotel, formerly known as the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel, on Tuesday, December 18th. Nearly 550 children will be in attendance from over a dozen CSS programs will be in attendance.


 Editor’s Note: Catholic Social Services is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that provides help and creates hope for thousands of individuals and families in need throughout the five-county metropolitan area. To learn more, please visit

To learn more about the Archbishop’s Benefit for Children, please visit

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Alaina Longo
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