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In a Year Fraught with Challenge, Catholic Charities’ Comfort & Joy warms December with Virtual Gifts forAll

November 24, 2020

Baltimore, Md. – This year, holiday festivities may be different, but that doesn’t mean the spirit isn’t still alive.

All December long, Catholic Charities will share Comfort & Joy, a free, 31-day virtual series designed to gift neighbors with a little holiday cheer each day. The series, hosted at and presented by McCormick & Company, will feature a variety of glad tidings for the whole family, including Gift Tag Tuesday, sponsored by Harkins Builders, where you’ll share in the joy of giving by seeing the impact it has on our neighbors; Midweek Music, with festive musical features from local standouts like the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Morgan State University Choir, and the Mount Vernon Camerata, comprised of members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and others; Cookie Jar Friday, featuring unique cookie recipes and bake-along videos from McCormick chefs and sponsor Domino Sugar; and Sunday Reflections to let you spend a little time making your spirit bright.

“We can’t deny the fact that it’s been a very long and painful year in our community,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director William J. McCarthy Jr. “We wanted to give everyone the chance to feel that feeling that only happens this time of year, and to give it freely online, so we can still share in the celebration of the season.”

“McCormick is proud to partner with the Catholic Charities of Baltimore to share comfort and joy this holiday season,” said Michael Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for McCormick & Company. “McCormick products have always had a special place in kitchens throughout Baltimore, and around the world, during the holidays, and we’re excited to spread holiday cheer as we continue to be a part of our consumers’ cherished holiday traditions.”

Comfort & Joy is designed to be a celebration which brings our various communities together, no matter their circumstances. The communal collaboration of this month-long virtual gift is deliberate, to highlight the power of community to improve lives.

“It is an honor to take part in Catholic Charities’ Comfort & Joy virtual celebration,” said Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Mount Vernon Camerata. “My hope is that even though we are all cooped up inside, we are still a very cohesive community in Baltimore. Catholic Charities is the cornerstone of philanthropy in Baltimore and we are really happy to be part of this celebration.”

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About Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, with more than 80 programs in 200 locations to serve children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances.

About McCormick

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor.  With over $5 billion in annual sales across 150 countries and territories, we manufacture, market and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including ecommerce channels, grocery, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses.  Our most popular brands include McCormick, French’s, Frank’s RedHot, Stubb’s, OLD BAY, Lawry’s, Zatarain’s, Ducros, Vahiné, Schwartz, Kamis, Kohinoor, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane and Gourmet Garden.  Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.

Founded in 1889 and headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland USA, McCormick is guided by our principles and committed to our Purpose – To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor.  McCormick envisions A World United by Flavor where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand.  To learn more, visit or follow McCormick & Company on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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