Christmas Connection's success in bringing the Christmas spirit to those who need it most is dependent upon donations from Big Bend neighbors like you. In 2019, over 1,200 members of the community assisted Christmas Connection by donating wishlist items and gift cards, offering gifts of financial support, or adopting families in need.



ORGANIZE A COLLECTION DRIVE: Want a fun way to help Christmas Connection? Host your very own collection drive! Establish a group of coworkers, friends, neighbors, or social club members, and choose your collection drive theme. Once you've submitted the information, you'll receive an email with steps to get your drive up and running, helping you succeed from beginning to end.


SHOP ONLINE:We've made shopping easier than ever with the Christmas Connection Amazon Wishlist. All gifts purchased through our wish list can be shipped directly to the Christmas Connection office in Tallahassee.



NEED SOME GIFT IDEAS?Here's a list of the most frequently requested items:

  • Action Figures
  • Animal Toys & Stuffed Animals
  • Arts & Craft Supplies
  • Baby & Barbie Dolls
  • Bath & Body Products
  • Big Wheels & Tricycles
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Building Blocks/Legos/Models
  • CD/MP3 Players
  • Children's Learning Toys
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Kitchen/Cooking Play Sets
  • Musical Toys/Instruments
  • Puzzles
  • Remote Control Toys
  • Science-Related Toys
  • Skateboards
  • Sports Equipment
  • Tablets/E-readers
  • Teen Jewelry/Accessories
  • Tool Sets
  • Toy Cars
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Food
  • Gift Cards  (Walmart, Target, Gas, Food, Movies)


MAKE A MONETARY DONATION: You can always choose to make a monetary donation to the Christmas Connection program. Through your generous financial contributions, Christmas Connection is able to assist vulnerable Big Bend families with critical support during the Christmas holiday season by meeting their basic needs, such as food, toiletries, and blankets.


One of the great things about Christmas Connection is that it doesn't end once December is over. Funds raised during the holiday season that aren't used during our Christmas outreach program are allocated throughout the rest of the year to help families needing assistance with rent or utilities and to guide them through our budgeting management class. With these resources, we can help alleviate the potential for homelessness and promote a healthy awareness of financial stability. Most important, your support is what helps us keep vulnerable children and their parents warm and fed. 


CONTRIBUTE ONLINE: An online donation may be made by clicking the "Donate Now" link and paying through our payment portal.




DONATE BY MAIL (check or money order): Write "Christmas Connection" in the memo line of your check or money order, and mail your donation directly to our Tallahassee office.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida Inc.
P.O. Box 20165 . Tallahassee, FL 32316


DONATE IN PERSON AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES (cash, check or money order): If you are paying by check or money order, please write "Christmas Connection" in the memo line of your check or money order. Make sure to get a receipt for any type of payment stating your gift is for Christmas Connection. Call the office first prior to stopping by to make sure someone is there.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida Inc.
1380 Blountstown Highway . Tallahassee, FL 32304

DONATE IN PERSON AT CHRISTMAS CONNECTION SITE (cash, check or money order): If you are paying by check or money order, please write "Christmas Connection" in the memo line of your check or money order. Make sure to get a receipt for any type of payment stating your gift is for Christmas Connection.

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In an abundance of caution, we are observing COVID-19 health safety guidelines this year. When dropping off donated items at the Christmas Connection site, you will drive up and remain in your car. Our volunteers will remove your donated items from the trunk or back seat for you, and take them into the site. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to keep everyone healthy and safe.

ABOUT CHRISTMAS CONNECTION: Christmas Connection is an initiative of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization. Christmas Connection does not employ fundraising professionals. All funds raised will be used in the Big Bend area at the discretion of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida in support of Christmas Connection and other programs that serve the most vulnerable people in this area.

ONLINE DONATION PEACE OF MIND: Your online donations to Christmas Connection or Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida will be made through a secure payment processing portal, Vanco Systems. No personal financial information (credit card or bank account numbers) is collected or retained by Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.

SPECIFIC FAMILY DONATED ITEMS: Catholic Charities Christmas Connection program can apply your donation directly to a specific family case, unless the family’s needs have already been met by another generous donor. In that situation, your donation will go to help another family experiencing similar circumstances.


For more information, contact Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida in Tallahassee.
850-222-2180 . 1380 Blountstown Highway . Tallahassee, FL 32304

Serving the following counties:
Franklin | Gadsden | Jefferson | Leon | Madison | Wakulla

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