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Children opening presents at the Archbishop's Christmas benefit

About the Archbishop's
Christmas Benefit for Children

The faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have a strong tradition of safeguarding the most vulnerable members in the community: our children. Children suffering from poverty, neglect, illness, disability, and violence in their homes and community have long been a focus of the care and concern of our Catholic community. Archbishop Charles Chaput and his predecessors entrust this important work to Catholic Social Services (CSS), which served over 16,000 children last year. The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit is an annual fundraising event which supports those efforts. It is also an afternoon of fun for more then 400 children from various CSS programs who attend a party hosted by the Archbishop.

Catholic Social Services serves children and youth in the community through programs offered during out of school time hours when they need a safe environment to participate in fun and stimulating activities. Programs for school age children and adolescents are based at CSS Family Service Centers, Catholic Elementary Schools and Community Centers. CSS serves the very young at the Casa del Carmen Pre School Academy, and high school students through its Work Ready program at the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center . Children at risk for abuse and neglect are served through foster care and in-home support services. Family Service Centers assist new mothers and families with young children through it's Strengthening Families Program. Residential programs of St. Francis-St. Joseph Home for Children, St. Vincent's Home, and St. Gabriel System, serve children with unique needs and challenging circumstances.

This year your support for these corporal works of mercy is more crucial than ever. The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children is a wonderful and symbolic way during this most sacred season to demonstrate your support for those works of Catholic Social Services that benefit children. Together we can provide help and create hope for children of all races and creeds who are in need of compassionate care and support.