Fourteen year old, Anabel’s face was streaked with tears as she told the director of St. Anthony Family Shelter, that her friends at school were all buzzing with ideas of what to get their parents for Christmas. Anabel knew she could not buy anything for her single mother, Alise, and moreover that her mother would not be able to buy any Christmas gifts for her or her three younger brothers. “It’s not fair! My mom works so hard.”
This is one example of the realities of many of the families we serve in shelter during Christmas at Harbor House and St. Anthony Family Shelter. Each year both shelters set up “Santa’s Workshop” to provide parents and children the opportunity to pick out gifts for their families.
“I was able to pick out two items per child to give them for Christmas. I truly felt like the items picked were personal and coming from me,” said a father who was in shelter during Christmas last year told Davis. “I pray that the anonymous angel who donated the items is blessed abundantly. Today my heart is full of gratitude.”
You can partner with us to fill the tables of Santa’s Workshop at our shelter services by donating:
- $10, $15 or $20 gift cards
- Teen gifts such as earbuds and phone cases
- New household items such as crockpots, laundry baskets or towels
Families in Harbor House and St. Anthony Family Shelter will “shop” from your donations to Santa’s Workshop for their gifts.
Interested in VOLUNTEERING for Christmas at Catholic Charities? Visit our Volunteer page HERE and submit an application. Christmas at Catholic Charities serves clients that are currently in shelter at St. Anthony Family Shelter and Harbor House. All other inquiries should be directed to Operation Holiday.
To donate or set up a collection drive please submit your interest in the below contact form.
Donations and drop-off scheduling for St. Anthony Family Shelter can be coordinated by contacting 316-264-7233. The delivery address for St. Anthony Family Shelter is 256 N. Ohio St. If you have donations specifically for Harbor House please call the administrative offices to schedule a drop-off time. 316-263-8344 ext. 1261. If you have any questions please contact a member of the Development staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or utilizing the below form.
Please note we are unable to accept used clothing and stuffed animals.