Huge Thanks to Our Christmas Elves !

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

AKA St. Nicholas Shopping Day Volunteers

Catholic Charities Trustee Bill Pruellage’s family volunteers for Shopping Day fun.

Merry Christmas and a huge thank you to our army of elves who banded with us at our St. Nicholas Shopping Days to handpick warm clothes, blankets and winter necessities for more than 4,000 people we serve! 

While outside snow and ice made getting there treacherous, it added to the holiday spirit inside the Kmart stores where the shopping days were held.  At our two events, one in White Plains on December 2 and the other at Astor Place on December 9, nearly 1,000 volunteers grabbed prewritten Santa’s lists, then swapped shopping carts for sleighs filling them with warm clothes the folks we serve need most. Ho, ho, ho-ing all the way, Cardinal Dolan led the pack as he shopped for one of the displaced families from Puerto Rico served by Catholic Charities that fled fallout from Hurricane Maria.

Held for years, our St. Nicholas Shopping Days have become a holiday tradition passed down from friends to families.  Generous donors provide the funds.  Our case managers work with clients to draw up individualized lists.  And volunteers donned in Catholic t-shirts tie the two together in a neat Christmas bow, using their savvy shopping skills to make Christmas special for those in need.  A record 203 volunteers pitched in at the White Plains Kmart this year, a 160-percent increase over last year.  And last Saturday, despite the snow, 730 volunteers – 53-percent more than last year – joined the holiday fun.

We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for making Christmas special for those we serve.

Missed the holiday fun?

Watch this special St. Nicholas Shopping Day coverage on CBS news


Find yourself, family and friends in our special St. Nicholas Shopping Day Facebook album. 


Visit the St. Nicholas Project web page if you would like to donate an additional gift to this year-around initiative.














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