Play Santa this Season: Adopt a Family through Holiday Gifts

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Here’s How Through the St. Nicholas Project

By Lakisha Morris
Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Program Director

Looking for ways to give back this holiday season?  Well I have something for you!!! 

We are delighted to share with you information regarding Catholic Charities Annual St. Nicholas/Adopt-a-family project that enables us to provide additional support to those in need during the holiday season. 

As we see every day, the needs of struggling families with children, the working poor, frail seniors and other residents in our communities continue to grow.   We know all too well that despite hard work and even having more than one job, many New York residents still don’t earn enough to pay for the basic necessities (food, shelter and utilities).  With the holidays approaching the load gets more stressful.  Catholic Charities wants to help the families we serve have one less thing to worry about and ensure that they have a cheerful holiday season! 

Last year we were able to assist more than 800 vulnerable families receive gifts of necessity for the holidays – coats, gloves, blankets and more.   This year, more people in need are turning to Catholic Charities - and with your help we can do more!   

Here are three ways you can make this holiday special: 

1.   Adopt-A-Family – Please consider asking your family and/or department to adopt-a-family and purchase basic items at a time of your own choosing for a family in need.  If this is of interest to you, please download fill out the attached form or call our office at 646-794-2436. A family profile will be sent to you.  

2.    Make a Donation. Your donation will go toward the purchase of warm winter items for our families in need.  These items will be purchased based on the needs and sizes of each family member by volunteer shoppers. If you are interested in making, a donation please complete the form attached. 

3.    Volunteer and Shop (Items will be purchased with previously donated funds) Saturday morning, December 2nd - join us at our 6th annual Westchester K-mart Shopping Day!
Sign up to get in the holiday spirit by shopping for others at Kmart at 399 Tarrytown Road in White Plains starting at 8 am. 


Saturday morning, December 9th, K-Mart Astor Place Shopping Day!  
Sign up to join us at 770 Broadway, Manhattan starting at 7 am. 

 Please consider participating this year to help those in need have a brighter holiday season! 

If you have questions regarding the St. Nicholas/Adopt-A-Family Project, please contact me at 646-794-2436 or email me at   

We appreciate your support!

Learn More about the St. Nicholas Project

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