A Helping Hand during the Holidays

 

Catholic Charities of Central Florida is urging parishes, schools and individuals to share their blessings with families in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida is urging parishes, schools and individuals to share their blessings with families in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

The following gift guide will help you determine what the needs are in each of the five regions served by Catholic Charities of Central Florida. We hope this will inspire you to share the gift of God’s love with our community.

NORTHERN REGION (Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties) The St. Paul Parish in Leesburg collaborates with the Catholic Charities Northern office that is conveniently located across the street from the parish. St. Paul’s food pantry is accepting donations; such necessities include peanut butter and jelly, canned goods, pasta, pasta sauce and macaroni and cheese.  Donations can be dropped off at the parish office at 1330 Sunshine Ave. Leesburg, FL 34748, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

EASTERN REGION (Volusia County) In the Eastern Region, the adopt-a-family program is looking for sponsors. If you are interested in adopting a family to provide them gifts for Christmas, please call (407) 658-1818 extension 4111.  Monetary donations are also welcome at the regional office located at 207 White Street Daytona Beach, FL. 32713 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CENTRAL REGION (Orange, Seminole Osceola Counties) The Central Region is also participating in the adopt-a-family program. If you are interested in sponsoring a family in Orange, Osceola and/or Seminole county, please call 407-658-1818 extension 2305. There is also a great need for turkeys this holiday season to serve families in need. Donations may be dropped off at 1819 N. Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32807 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN REGION (Brevard County) In the Southern Region, there is a need for turkeys and hams as the region puts together boxes of meals for families during Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information on how to help, please call 321-636-6144. There are drop-off locations in Melbourne and Cocoa: 3800 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 101 Melbourne, FL 32934 and 5145 N. US1 Cocoa, FL 32927.

WESTERN REGION (Polk County) The Western Region is in need of Wal-mart gift cards, diapers, a large screen television for the Lake Morton Senior Center and gas cards for the diesel fuel to run the Agape Food Bank vehicles. Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information on how to help one of the many programs in the Western Region, please call 863-686-7153 extension 3013. Donors can drop off items at 1801 E. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33801 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.