Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, which includes Ellis County and surrounding areas, has been given a challenge. An anonymous donor has stepped forward and offered a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $40,000, for donations to area Catholic Charities through July 22.

Catholic Charities has dedicated more than 50 years to meeting critical community needs in north central and northwest Kansas. Annually, the charity has provided services to more than 6,000 families and individuals. Faith based and donor supported, their goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of families and individuals of all faiths.

Services offered include adoption and pregnancy services, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, emergency assistance, legal immigration, Hispanic social services, youth programs, marriage and family education, and senior housing.

Catholic Charities is dedicated to serving all individuals and families who find themselves in need of assistance.

For more information or to donate, call (888) 468-6909 or go online at