Christmas presents for the poor of NYC will be handed out by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, New York Catholic Charities and other volunteers.
They will shop to provide basic necessities for needy families as part of the annual St. Nicholas Project shopping day on Saturday, December 12th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Kmart at Astor Place in Lower Manhattan (corner of Broadway and 9th Street).
The efforts of more than 500 volunteer shoppers will help over 1,200 families in need by providing them with essential items such as coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, pajamas, socks, and blankets to stay warm throughout the winter season. In addition this year, five local families helped by the Arab American Family Support Center will be shopped for as well.
The St. Nicholas Project, supported by donations and volunteers from Catholic Charities, provides individuals and families in need at Christmas by providing them with various items they need, including winter clothing and household supplies. Catholic Charities caseworkers aid the same individuals throughout the year, providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers from Ulster County to Staten Island through job training, English as a Second Language classes, computer literacy classes, food from Catholic Charities’ many food pantries, and school supplies.