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Catholic Charities Appeal raises more than 79% of final goal

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Catholic Charities news conference

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – Catholic Charities has raised over $8 million in its annual Appeal drive across the region. That is more than 79% of reaching this year's Appeal drive goal of $10.5 million.

Bishop Edward Kmiec, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, said he is grateful for all support the community has shown.

"There's a tremendous spirit of generosity even though this is acknowledged as a very depressed area. It seems when the people recognize a need and a good purpose they are very generous and will help and we hope very very much they can understand and see that in Catholic Charities," said Bishop Kmiec.

Appeal Chair Greg Maher said the services provided by Catholic Charities will continue because of community support.

"There are 160,000 people each year that Catholic Charities serves. Without this Appeal, we would not be able to take care of those people in need. The most poor and most vulnerable people use in Western New York utilize our service everyday of the year, which is why provide hope for all seasons," said Maher.

The Appeal drive will continue until the end of June.