Santa's Workshop

Author: Catholic Charities Published:

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, St. Anthony Family Shelter and The Mount. Each year the 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 our two items per child to give them for Christmas. I truly felt like the items I picked were personal and coming from me," 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."

Partner with us to fill "Santa's Workshop" at St. Anthony Family Shelter, Harbor House and The Mount by donating:

  • $10, $15, $20 gift cards
  • Teen Gifts such as: earbuds, phone cases, movies
  • Children Gifts such as: games, new toys, puzzles
  • New Baby Items such as: car seats, play pens, diapers
  • Small Kitchen Appliances such as: toasters, coffee makers
  • New Household items such as: crockpots, kitchen utensils, plate sets, baking dishes, cookware
  • Home Essentials such as: laundry baskets, towels, bed sheets, blankets
  • Hygiene Items such as: deodorant, shampoo and conditioner

Donations for St. Anthony Family Shelter should be taken to 256 N. Ohio Street. Donations for The Mount should be taken to 3700 E. Lincoln. Please call ahead and arrange drop-off at (316) 202-0639. 

If you have a donation specifically for Harbor House or have questions about where to take a donation, please contact a development staff member at or (316) 264-8344 ext. 1224 to arrange a drop-off time.

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