Three ways to honor the first World Day of the Poor

Naw and her children, refugees from Burma and former clients of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20 with Catholic Charities at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando.

For the first World Day of the Poor (Nov. 19), Pope Francis reminds us of our call to serve – to get involved in our communities and work together to end poverty, homelessness and hunger. Join Catholic Charities of Central Florida in showing God’s love and mercy to families in need by participating in these three ways to make the season brighter for a family in need:

1. Adopt A Family

Catholic Charities has several families that could use help this holiday season. For specific families with specific wish lists, please contact Carly Mathews at for more information. We have 15-30 families available to adopt with kids from ages 0-18.

2. Make a donation

  • Donate gift cards to help individuals, families and seniors buy the food, medications and other things they need most. These cards also help families celebrate the season with a holiday meal and toys under the tree. (Publix, Walmart, Target, Wawa, ect.)
  • Donate school supplies for refugee families – pencils, pens, notebooks, colored pencils/crayons, scissors, etc.
  • Collect food or host a food drive for our food ministries in Orlando and Winter Haven. Our most needed items are: canned goods/nonperishable items, especially proteins and seasonal items like peanut butter, tuna, beans, cranberries, pumpkin, etc.

3. Volunteer

  • Volunteers are needed to help sort, pack, stock and distribute food to those in need at our Orlando Mission Market. Shifts are available M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit to sign up and check out our other volunteer opportunities.