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PLEASE NOTE: Safety protocol measures will be in place during this year's Christmas Connection to keep our social workers, volunteers, donors, and the families we serve safe. Make sure to carefully read the website for changes affecting types and condition of donated items, volunteer opportunities, and drop-off procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TYPES OF DONATED ITEMS:
All donated items MUST BE NEW (toys, teen gifts, blankets, and food), and we are not accepting any clothing, linens, housewares, or bicycles.

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION SITE WILL OPEN NOVEMBER 23, 2020.

Thanks for your support
of Christmas Connection!


Important Dates:

November 23 ~ Opening Day
November 25-28 ~ Closed for Thanksgiving
November 29 ~ Site Reopens
December 12 - Adopted Family Items Due to Site
December 15 - All Donations Due to Site
December 21 ~ Last Day

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.

DONATE GIFT ITEMS

 

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.

COLLECTION DRIVE REGISTRATION

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.

AMAZON WISHLIST

 

NEED SOME GIFT IDEAS? Donations should be dropped off by December 15, 2020. The earlier the better. In accordance with health safety guidelines, ALL GIFTS MUST BE NEW. Take a look at this 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)

DONATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT


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 ONLINE

 

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
850.222.2180

 

DONATE IN PERSON AT CHRISTMAS CONNECTION SITE (cash, check or money order): Monetary donations will be made from the comfort of your car. A volunteer will collect your payment and write a receipt for you. If you are paying by check or money order, please write "Christmas Connection" in the memo line of your check or money order. All payments will receive a receipt that will state your gift is for Christmas Connection.

2811 Capital Circle NE, Unit 2 . Tallahassee

 

DRIVE-UP DROP-OFF PROCEDURE:

Donated items should be dropped off no later than December 15, 2020.
All donated items must be NEW.
2811 Capital Circle NE, Unit 2 . Tallahassee


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.

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION OPENS
NOVEMBER 23, 2020.

2811 Capital Circle NE, Unit 2 . Tallahassee
850.665.3852

November 23-24 and November 29-December 21, 2020
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday (10am-6pm); Sunday (1pm-5pm)

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