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The Archbishop’s Benefit for Children traces its roots back to 1955, when Cardinal O’Hara initiated a Christmas party for the children served by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS).

Over the six decades since that inaugural event, generous benefactors have helped raise millions of dollars to fund dozens of programs that directly benefit children in need as well as their families.

Over time, Cardinal O’Hara’s celebration has evolved from a one day event into a year round initiative to support CSS youth programs. CSS assists thousands of children as well as their families of all faiths throughout the five-county metropolitan area comprising the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

This year your support for these corporal works of mercy is more crucial than ever.

“The Archbishop’s Benefit for Children plays a critical role in providing essential care to children, youth, and their families. With your support, we can continue to offer the tools and programs needed for these children to reach their God-given potential.” -Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez