Christmas Connection

The Christmas Connection has been helping needy families in the Big Bend have a brighter holiday for more than 25 years. It helps 600-800 families each year by providing some basics (food for a holiday meal, clothes and toiletries) as well as at least one gift for each family member.

This year the donation center is located at 2818 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee. It’s near the corner of Capital Circle NE and Mahan Drive. The phone number is 850-422-BELL (2355). It is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are needed.

To learn more about the Christmas Connection and its mission, log on to www.thechristmasconnection.org.



Christmas Connection Cases:

WCTV features 10 cases on the news each year so our viewers can get some idea how vast and varied the needs of their neighbors really are.

Here are brief summaries of the cases we are featuring this year, along with the case numbers, sizes and special requests.

CASE 334 - NOVEMBER 29TH (TALLAHASSEE)

A Tallahassee family lost everything in a fire and is trying to start over. It has three children and a newborn baby. It needs everything to furnish its new home from furniture to linens to kitchenware. The family also needs clothes, food, toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. The family lost its beloved dog in that fire too. There are three boys ages 5, 9 and 12. And a four-month-old baby girl.

NEEDS:

Furniture
Bedding
Towels
Pots & pans
Microwave
Dishes & glasses
Silverware
Toiletries
Cleaning supplies
Paper products
Food

CLOTHES:

Mother, age 36
Pants: 12w
Shirts: XL
Dresses: 12
Underwear: 7
Socks:
Shoes: SIZE 10
Coat and gloves: size 12, XL

Father, age 35
Pants: 34/32
Shirts: Medium
Underwear: 32-34
Socks: yes
Shoes: 12 - 13
Coat: Large

Son, age 12
Pants: 18 boys
Shirts: 14-16
Underwear: XL boys
Socks: yes
Shoes: boys size 8

Son, age 9
Pants: 7
Shirts: 8/10
Underwear: medium
Socks: yes
Shoes: size 1

Son, age 5
Pants: 4 boys
Shirts: 4/5
Underwear: small
Socks: yes
Shoes: 10 ½

Daughter, age 4 months
Pants: 6-9 months
Shirts: 6-9 months
Dresses: 6-9 months
Diapers: yes
Socks:
Shoes: 6-9 months

GIFTS:

Basketball
Football
Acoustic guitar
Books (for 12 year old boy)
CD player
Legos
Blocks
Tinker Toys
Learning toys
Baby doll
Learning toys for infant
Walmart gift cards


CASE 15 - NOVEMBER 30TH (CRAWFORDVILLE)

An elderly Crawfordville woman lives alone in a home that is not holding up as well as she is. Her home has no running water and no pipes in the kitchen. She gets her water from a well outside, and at age 91 that is getting harder to do. Her stove is not working well either. More than anything, the woman wants someone to repair her home’s plumbing and help her get running water inside once again.

NEEDS:

Plumbing repairs
Blankets (size full)
Towels
Food (ready to eat or easy to cook items)
Toiletries
Paper products (plates, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper)

CLOTHES:

House Coats: size medium
Shoes: slippers, size 8

GIFTS:

Fruit Basket


CASE 186 - DECEMBER 1ST (HOSFORD)

Leukemia is taking a toll on a family in Liberty County. A four-year-old boy is receiving treatment at Shands Hospital. His mother is there with him and so is unable to work right now. The child’s older brother and sisters are staying with their grandparents. And the grandfather was recently laid off and is traveling to find work.

NEEDS:

Space Heater
Towels
Glasses
Silverware
Sheets (twin, full, queen, king)
Blankets (twin, full, queen, king)
Comforter (size king)
Food
Toiletries
Paper Products
Cleaning Supplies

CLOTHES:

Grandmother, age 48
Pants: 20 w
Shirts: 3X w
Dresses: 20/22 w
Underwear: 10 w
Socks:
Shoes: 11 w

Grandfather, age 46
Pants: 29/32, medium
Shirts: medium (winter ones please)
Underwear: medium boxers
Socks: yes (white)
Shoes: 8 ½
Coat: Medium

Mother, age 26
Pants: 20 w
Shirts: 3X
Underwear: 9/10 w
Socks: yes
Shoes: 10 wide

Daughter, age 18
Pants: 6/7 women’s
Shirts: medium women’s
Underwear: 6 women’s
Socks
Shoes: 7 ½ w
Coat: Hoodies please (women’s medium)

Daughter, age 11
Pants: 16 children
Shirts: XL children’s
Underwear: 8 w
Socks
Shoes: 10 women’s

Son, age 9
Pants: 10/12 children
Shirts: 10/12
Underwear: med/lg boxers
Socks
Shoes: 6 children
Coat: 10/12 jacket

Son, age 4 (hospitalized with leukemia)
Pants: 5T
Shirts: 5T
Underwear: 4T/5T
Socks:
Shoes: 4 children’s

GIFTS:

CD player and music for 4-year-old
Earrings for grandmother
Perfume for mother and daughter (18)
Jewelry for daughters (11, 18)
Bath sets (cleanser, lotions etc)
Lip gloss
Radio
Coloring books
Drawing pencils and paper
Baseball
Trucks
Thomas the Train
Balls
Puzzles


CASE 69 - DECEMBER 2 (QUINCY)

A Quincy family is trying to make ends meet and stay warm this winter. The parents have developmental disabilities and cannot work. The father does odd jobs to try to provide for his wife and three-year-old son. The couple lost a baby to SIDS just last year. They need some real household basics, including appliances. The parents are not asking for any gifts for themselves, only for their little boy.

NEEDS:

Refrigerator
Microwave
Hotplate
Household items
Space Heater
Food
Toiletries
Cleaning Supplies

CLOTHES:

Father, age 40
Pants: 34x36
Shirts: XL
Underwear: 32
Shoes/Socks: 9 ½ wide
Coat: XL

Mother, age 27
Pants: 26 or 28W
Shirts: 4XL
Underwear: 10
Shoes/Socks: 9 ½ wide
Coat: 4XL

Son, age 3
Pants: 4T
Shirts: 5T
Underwear: 4T
Shoes/Socks: 9 child
Coat: 5T

GIFTS:

Toys (for 3-year-old boy)
Learning Toys (for 3-year-old boy)


CASE 38 - DECEMBER 3RD (TALLAHASSEE)

A Tallahassee mother and her three teenagers live without heat or hot water … and need some real basics this season.

The home has a leaky roof, broken window and more. The mother needs propane gas to keep the home heated, food, a queen size comforter, all the children need warm clothes and winter coats. They’d love CD players, a bike and a few gift cards.

NEEDS:

Propane Gas (William’s Propane Company)
Food
Toiletries
Cleaning supplies
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)
Comforter (queen size)

CLOTHING:

Mother, age 46
Pants: women’s 8
Shirts: women’s 8, medium
Dresses: women’s 8
Underwear: 6
Shoes: women’s 7 (tennis shoes please)

Daughter, age 17
Pants: women’s 6
Shirts: women’s 6 or large
Dresses, skirts: women’s 6
Underwear: size 5
Shoes: women’s 7 (tennis shoes please)

Daughter, age 16
Pants: women’s 6
Shirts: women’s 6, medium
Dresses: women’s 6
Underwear: size 5
Shoes: women’s 7 (tennis shoes please)

Son, age 14
Pants: boys 16 jeans
Shirts: boys XL
Underwear: boys 16
Shoes: men’s 7 (tennis shoes please)

GIFTS:

Computer
Cross necklace for mother
Stuffed teddy bear
CD players
Bicycle for teen boy
Walmart gift cards


CASE 294 - DECEMBER 6TH (MADISON)

Grandparents in Madison County are trying to raise two teenagers after their mother died unexpectedly.

They’ve asked for nothing for themselves, but both the 16-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son need clothes and warm jackets. The family needs a queen size bed with linens and full size comforter. The son has asked for a gold cross and necklace, the teenage girl for some silver jewelry. They would like gift cards. The family could use food, cleaning and paper products to keep its pantry stocked and toiletries too.

NEEDS:

Food
Toiletries
Cleaning supplies
Paper products

CLOTHES:

Grandson, age 17
Pants: 18 boys
Shirts: men’s medium or large
Underwear: medium
Shoes: men’s 8 ½ (Nike tennis shoes, please)
Coat/jacket: Men’s medium

Granddaughter, age 16
Pants: 3 junior’s
Shirts: small junior’s
Dresses: small junior’s
Underwear: 5
Shoes: 8 women’s (boots please)
Coat/jacket: Women’s small

GIFTS:

Gold necklace with cross for grandson
Silver jewelry for granddaughter
Lamp
Laptop
iPod
Walmart gift cards


CASE 352 DECEMBER 7TH (QUINCY)

A Quincy family lost everything in a fire this time last year, and after staying with relatives for more than six months, now live in public housing. Yet the mother and three children need the most basic home furnishings, clothes and would truly appreciate any gifts for their children.

NEEDS:

Three beds for children
Bedding (sheets, blankets, comforters)
Towels
Dishes
Silverware
Pots and Pans
Food
Toiletries
Cleaning Supplies
Paper Products

CLOTHES:

Mother, age 27
Pants: size 8
Shirts: large
Dresses: 8
Underwear: 6
Socks
Shoes: size 7

Son, age 11
Pants: 14 boys
Shirts: 14
Underwear: 14
Socks
Shoes: 8
Coat: 14 boys

Son, age 6
Pants: 7 boys
Shirts: 7
Underwear: 7
Socks
Shoes: 2
Coat: 7

Daughter, age 4
Pants: 4T
Shirts: 4T
Dresses: 4T
Underwear: 4
Socks
Shoes: 10
Coat: 4T

GIFTS:

Television
Bicycles (11, 6 yr old boys)
Handheld video game
John Sino Wrestling Men
Dora
Brat doll


CASE 325 - DECEMBER 8TH (MONTICELLO)

A Monticello woman is out of work and struggling to provide for her two year old. She has also opened her home to a homeless family and more than anything want the children to receive gifts for Christmas.

There’s a nine-month-old baby boy in the home and three girls ages 2, 3, and 5 years old. The family needs pots & pans & dishes. It needs a couple of comforters and clothes for all of the children.

Toy cars, bicycles, and baby dolls would bring smiles.

NEEDS:

Pots & Pans
Dishes
Comforters (king and full)
Food
Toiletries
Cleaning supplies
Paper products

CLOTHES:

Mother, age 24
Pants: 18-20w
Shirts: 2x
Dress: 20w
Underwear: 8 w
Shoes: 9 women’s

Daughter, age 2
Pants: 3T
Shirts: 3T
Dresses: 3T
Underwear: 2T
Shoes: 7

Boy, age 9 months
Pants: 24 months
Shirts: 2T
Diapers: size 6
Shoes: 5 babies

Girl, age 3 years
Pants: 4
Shirts: 5
Dresses: 5
Underwear: 5 children’s
Shoes: 10 ½ children’s
Coat: 5

Girl, age 5 years
Pants: 7
Shirts: 7, medium
Dresses: 7/8
Underwear: 7
Shoes: 1 children’s

GIFTS:

Walking toys
Toy cars
Learning toys
Baby dolls
Board games
Bicycles
Little girl’s comforter set
Walmart gift cards


CASE 196 - DECEMBER 9TH (TALLAHASSEE)

A Tallahassee grandmother who has fought repeated bouts with cancer is trying to raise a teenage grandson alone. Her husband died suddenly two years ago, their home was repossessed and they were forced to move into a camper. The 13-year-old grandson struggles in school but tries to be the man of the house. They desperately need a space heater to stay warm. Both need clothes. The grandmother would like some bedroom slippers, the grandson would like a CD player and some headphones and the family could use food, cleaning supplies and toiletries.

NEEDS:

Small space heater
Food
Toiletries
Cleaning products
Paper products

CLOTHES:

Grandmother, age 66
Pants: 12 misses (elastic waist please)
Shirts: misses medium
Shoes: women’s 7 ½

Grandson, age 13
Pants: 38 x 32 men’s

Shirts: men’s large
Underwear: 38 boxers
Shoes: 14 wide

GIFTS:

Bedroom slippers for grandmother
CD player and headphones


CASE 359 - DECEMBER 10TH (QUINCY)

Some grandparents in Quincy are struggling to stay well and take care of two young grandchildren. Their home has no heat or air and the family needs help repairing or replacing broken windows, doors and the floor. The grandfather is disabled and on dialysis, the grandmother is recovering from a stroke and they are trying to care for two boys, ages 4 and 7.

NEEDS:

Home repairs
Kerosene Heater
Blankets
Winter Jackets
School uniforms (orange and white polos, black, navy or khaki pants)

CLOTHES:

Grandfather, age 52
Shirts: XL
Coat: XL

Grandmother, age 55
Pants: large warm up pants
Shirts: large warm up shirts
Underwear: 7
Coat: large

Grandson, age 7
Pants: 7 slim
Shirts: 7
Underwear: 7
Socks:
Shoes: 1 ½
Coat: 7

Grandson, age 4
Pants: 5
Shirts: 5
Underwear: 5
Socks
Shoes: 11
Coat: 5

GIFTS:

Dora
Nintendo games
Remote control cars and trucks


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