Holiday Opportunities

Thank you for giving your time and talents to help those in need. With your help, thousands of families in need were served this holiday season with coats to keep them warm, gifts for the children and meals for the holiday.  

For more information on our many other volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Erin Cusick, at or 513-562-8841 x211. 

Described below are our regular Holiday Volunteer Opportunities. If you are interested in being involved with these, please contact our volunteer coordinator in the fall of 2017. 

WLWT Coat Drive

Coat Drive 2016

Keep a family in need warm this winter by supporting our annual coat drive! With convenient drop off locations across the Tri-State at Gold Star Chili restaurants, Kemba Credit Union branches and local fire stations, WLWT News 5 and St. Vincent de Paul make it easy to make a difference.

Donate new or gently used coats, hats, gloves & scarves at any of the city-wide drop off locations. Click here for a full list of locations.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort coats starting now and leading up to our distribution events. You can also volunteer the day of distributions to help local families receive their warm winter coats.

Food From The Heart

You can feed families in need by dropping non-perishable food items in the ‘Food From the Heart’ donation barrels located at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations in partnership with FOX19 NOW. The items collected will be distributed to families in need by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers in neighborhoods across the Tri-State throughout the holiday season. This program begins November 11; however, you can donate food directly to St. Vincent de Paul at any time of the year.

You can also help by volunteering at either of our community holiday food distributions. Volunteers will help with check in, distributing warm drinks to those waiting in line, assisting neighbors in need with their food items, and more.

Christmas Together Program 

You can grant a family's Christmas wishes this holiday season through the Christmas Together program. 

All year, our volunteers and staff serve people who can barely afford the basic necessities. For these families, providing holiday gifts and a celebratory meal is simply impossible. You can make a family's Christmas wishes come true by helping a family in need. Your presents will be provided to local families in tremendous need this holiday season.

You will be matched with a family in need and given a Christmas wish list. After purchasing the gifts on the list, you will drop them off at St. Vincent de Paul or deliver them directly to the family you have been matched with. 

For more information or to sponsor a family, call (513) 562-8841 ext. 272 or email

The Christmas Angel Toy Program

Angels are the guardians of hope and wonder, and keepers of magic and dreams.

Provide a special Christmas experience for a local family this holiday season! The Christmas Angels Toy program is a one-day event held at our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center. Parents “shop” for gifts for their families while volunteers engage children through holiday crafts and activities. You can help by volunteering during the event or before to help set-up the toys.

You can also become a Christmas Angel by donating new toys or a monetary gift to purchase toys for children who would otherwise be forgotten during the holidays. To make a financial gift click here or call 513-421-HOPE (4673).

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa,

The holiday season is one of our favorite times of year. We love to serve as your elves and help make our neighbors’ Christmas wishes come true!  Hope is alive throughout the year in our building, but even more so around the holidays.

St. Vincent de Paul staff, Vincentians and volunteers have worked very hard this past year and we’re hopeful some of our own Christmas wishes will come true, too.  Our moms have always told us to make our Christmas lists practical, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.  Here are a couple things we are hoping we’ll find in our building on Christmas morning…