Donations to the 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal are running more than 2 percent ahead of last year, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced in a progress report Tuesday following the conclusion of Appeal Week.
A total of $8,886,816.65 has been raised so far, Malone said, which represents 82.3 percent of the goal of $10.8 million. Last year at this time, 80.2 percent of the goal had been reached. The campaign continues through June 30.
Parish volunteers and pastors made a concerted effort for donations during Appeal Week, which ran from April 6 to Palm Sunday. Proceeds support 70 programs and services at 61 sites in the eight-county Western New York region. Donations can be made by calling 218-1400 or visiting www.ccwny.org.