Caring and sharing at Catholic Charities - Christmas activities list

It’s the season of caring and sharing at Catholic Charities!
Here is a list of this year’s Christmas activities to stabilize and strengthen families in the Diocese of Wichita:

(Wichita, KS – November 19, 2012)

Adopt a Shelter Family - This Christmas, help ensure the families we serve experience a successful transition out of shelter. Our families need basic household items as they exit the shelter and seek to begin a new life. Items such as pots and pans, cookware, utensils, clothes hampers, laundry baskets, new towel sets and new sheet sets are just some of the crucial items needed.
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– Catholic Charities has joined #GivingTuesday, a national effort using the power of social media to transform how people think about the giving season.  Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday, #GivingTuesday will be Nov. 27. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with shopping, the goal is to make #GivingTuesday synonymous with giving back, and to kick off the season of caring and sharing.  To join Catholic Charities’ #GivingTuesday initiative, visit

Stuff the Bus – The Stuff the Bus bus will travel throughout Wichita from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.  Stuff the Bus benefits Harbor House at Catholic Charities and Wichita YWCA.  Businesses and organizations that wish to participate may donate new toys, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products and other household goods.  Listen to B98-FM or go to for a list of stops.

Nativity exhibition – The 8th annual “No Room At The Inn” nativity display, to benefit St. Anthony Family Shelter at Catholic Charities, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, in the St. Mary School Commons and Gym, 2306 E. Meadowlark, in Derby.  Those interested are invited to exhibit their own nativities at no cost.  For information or to exhibit, contact Barb Pinaire at (316) 253-4943 or email  

Christmas Caring – Catholic Charities and its Christmas Caring volunteers are combining their resources for the first time to collaborate with Inter-faith Ministries’ Operation Holiday the week of Dec. 10. Donations are still needed. Items include non-perishable food items, children and adult coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as blankets. In addition, volunteers are needed in a variety of roles from helping with set-up and sorting donations, to the distribution of gifts, and a range of other activities.  For more information, contact Rachel Hittner at (316) 264-8344 ext. 1261 or email

Heather Welch
Media and Marketing Manager
Catholic Charities, Inc. – Diocese of Wichita
(316) 264-8344, ext. 1260
(Cell) 706-2128