The holidays can be a difficult and stressful time, especially for children that live in low-income communities. On Sunday, December 15, the annual St. Vincent de Paul Louisville Santa Shop hopes to lift a few spirits this year by providing Christmas for over 1,000 children.
Throughout the year, families in need are referred to St. Vincent de Paul Louisville and our parish conferences seeking help. Those families, over 400 last year, are invited to shop for Christmas in a mini-mall set up in the Family Success Center gym. Parents are assigned an elf that helps them navigate the tables full of toys, books, games, and clothes. Gift-wrapping stations are available to put the finishing touches on each gift.
The Santa Shop is only possible because of the hard work of volunteers that sort, shop with the parents, and wrap the presents. The gifts are generously donated by area businesses and schools that participate in our Gifts from the Heart tree program, parish conferences, individuals that shop our Amazon wish list, and Toys for Tots.
The Santa Shop is open to invitees only from 12 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, December 15 at the St. Vincent de Paul Louisville Family Success Center, 1029 S. Preston St.
Volunteers will begin setting up Santa Shop on Friday, December 13 at 12 pm.