We were pleasantly surprised and grateful to receive so many nominees in our Nominate a Charity drive this year.
That said, it did make the decision process even more difficult. The Herald’s editorial staff sat down and reviewed all of the nominees. Some we were familiar with, some we weren’t. Some had been featured in the Catholic Herald in recent issues. All sounded like wonderful charitable projects or organizations.
Our goal was to find a charity where the staff could focus on how best to help with material goods before the holidays. The byproduct of that is that we are able to give the winning charity publicity in the Catholic Herald, in print, online and via social media.
Although we had to choose just one, many of the nominees have inspired future stories.
That said, the staff has voted and the winner is:
ECHO —Ecumenical Community Helping Others.
ECHO helps the less fortunate in the Springfield-Burke area with food, clothing, housewares and financial assistance. There are 26 faith communities involved with ECHO, including St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield.
The nomination came from Barbara McDonnell, who has been involved with ECHO for 43 years. She wrote, “It is a wonderful organization with many dedicated volunteers serving for many years.”
Stay tuned as the Catholic Herald focuses on ECHO http://echo-inc.org/wordpress/ over the next week.
A big thanks to all the people who nominated charities. It was inspirational to see the great work being done by so many!