Richard Tracy and Jerry Halls showcase donations loaded in the current Catholic Charities van. The agency is raising money for a newer van to help families served by the agency. (Courtesy photo)

Tuesday, Nov. 27, is special for Catholic Charities. That’s the day the diocesan ministry would like to raise $15,000 for a newer maintenance van to help local hungry and homeless families, domestic violence survivors, and others served by the agency.
That day, known as #GivingTuesday, follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is nationally designated for charitable giving.
The current van helps Catholic Charities support 12 programs in five locations that help alleviate poverty in the community. It was donated to the agency eight years ago and has no air conditioning, no working shelves, a broken gear shifter and is more than a little worse for wear.
Richard Tracy and Jerry Hills use the van to pick up and deliver donations to provide clients items like food, bedding and appliances. Tracy said the van is vital to his job. “The van is the most important tool I have to serve families,” Tracy said.
The director of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, Matt Tannehill, said he relies on Tracy and Hills to have a sturdy vehicle so he can easily receive food to distribute. In addition, with a newer van he said he can more quickly drop off donation bins to organizations for fundraisers.
If $15,000 is raised during 24 hours on Giving Tuesday, Davis-Moore Auto Group will partner with Catholic Charities to find the newer van.

Want to help?
Catholic Charities has made giving for the van easier with the ability to text a donation. Text CCW to 31611 to learn more.