The annual Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit for Children Dec. 17 in Philadelphia hosted nearly 500 young people who receive services from over a dozen programs administered by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The youths represent approximately 16,000 children across the Delaware Valley who benefited from residential and community-based programs offered by Catholic Social Services this year, including children with disabilities, at-risk children and dependent or court-adjudicated youth. (Read the full story here.)
The theme for the benefit was “The Polar Express.” The Catholic Community Choir sang songs from the popular Christmas-themed movie and acted out parts of the story.
This year archdiocesan high school students participated in Kids Helping Kids, a Christmas outreach program. Students at eight archdiocesan high schools and two private Catholic high schools “adopted” a young student and helped make his or her Christmas wishes a reality by donating and wrapping gifts. Representatives from each school were at the Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit to help distribute gifts to the children. (Photos by Sarah Webb)