It’s a great event that has served the community for many years, giving families clothing, appliances and toys for the holidays.
The Christmas store.
The folks at Catholic Charities say that they work, collect and organize their Christmas store 50 weeks out of the year just for their two-week season.
And while the store is a great resource for so many, serving such a large number means donations are essential and constantly needed.
“We are still accepting donations of items. We are looking for girls’ clothing, infants up to 16-18, boys’ clothing, socks and underwear and household products,” says Jennifer Buell of Catholic Charities.
Needs don’t just end at materials, either. The store is looking for volunteers to help run the operation.
“We rely on volunteers to assist shoppers. So each volunteer will be paired up with a family to come in and choose their items from the store so we like to have between 6-10 volunteers every day of our shopping period. So that’s a lot of volunteers,” says Buell.
While the store won’t open until after Thanksgiving, the deadline is quickly approaching.
‘We always ask them to start the process about a week in advance. It doesn’t often take that long to receive the application back and the background check but just to make sure everyone is cleared in advance,” says Buell.
Buell says that even though the store isn’t open yet, they can still use volunteers to set up and organize.
If you would like more information on volunteering, donating, or participating in the store, visit the Terre Haute Catholic Charities’ website here.