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Christmas Connection helping 450 families, many impacted by COVID-19

This year, the group is trying to make it easy for folks who prefer to shop online by posting...
This year, the group is trying to make it easy for folks who prefer to shop online by posting wish lists on Amazon for the families in need.(WCTV)
Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 4:42 PM EST
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Editor’s note: On Friday, Dec. 4, The Christmas Connection’s main website shutdown unexpectedly. You can find a link to its new, temporary website here.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Christmas Connection is supplying gifts and essentials to 450 families this year, many of those families and their finances have been devastated by COVID-19.

A Jefferson County woman lost her sister to the coronavirus and is now taking care of her two children.

A family of eight in Leon County had to move out of its home and into a camper and is still struggling to pay its bills due to lost hours and wages at work.

A Madison County widow lost her part-time job during the pandemic and is worried about repairing her home and staying warm this winter.

“I think the need is the greatest it’s ever been in all our communities,” said Matt Knee, the CEO of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.

The Christmas Connection’s donation center is now open seven days a week and is accepting donations through a curbside drop off to try to limit COVID-19 risk for both donors and volunteers.

WCTV is featuring the wish lists of five families who are counting on the Christmas Connection to supply some basics - like food, toiletries and cleaning supplies - and provide gifts for their children.

CASE 113/GADSDEN COUNTY

A Quincy woman is struggling to provide for her two-year-old and five-month-old as well as care for her elderly grandmother. The young mother lost her job in the pandemic and the children’s father did too. She’s hoping Christmas Connection can provide a happy holiday for her family.

  • Baby Alive doll
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Markers
  • Learning toys
  • Mobile
  • Musical toys
  • Toy animals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • Perfume
  • pots and pans
  • diapers size 1, 2
  • food
  • toiletries (soap, lotion, toothpaste/toothbrushes)
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • hand sanitizer
  • cleaning supplies

CASE 367/WAKULLA COUNTY

A 72-year-old Wakulla county woman is battling lots of health issues. She’s a diabetic who recently had several toes amputated and is not able to get out in her garden or out and about yet. She collects angels and is counting on her faith to get her through this difficult time. She will appreciate anything to make her holiday brighter.

  • Blankets (queen-size)
  • Nightgown/robe
  • Angels
  • Garden supplies
  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies

CASE 21/MADISON COUNTY

A retired widow who lives alone and is still grieving her husband and the loss of two of her sons in a car crash.

She worked part-time before the pandemic hit, but now is struggling to make ends meet.

Her home is not heated or cooled and her home is in need of repairs.

  • heater
  • fan
  • electric blanket (king size)
  • blankets
  • towels
  • rug set for bathroom
  • Wal-Mart gift card
  • Shell gas gift card
  • groceries
  • toiletries
  • cleaning supplies

CASE 232/LEON COUNTY

A Leon County family all contracted COVID and was forced to quarantine is still struggling to pay their bills in the wake of all the lost hours at work. The family of eight had to move out of its home and into a camper trailer. The six children range in age from 18 months to 16 years old. The mother says any gifts this year would be a “true miracle.”

  • men’s wallet
  • boy’s wallet
  • size 36 men’s belt
  • art supplies
  • art supply cases
  • arts and crafts kits
  • teen jewelry and accessories
  • led rope light
  • bath and beauty products
  • firm pillow
  • toddler learning toy
  • toddler books
  • baby toolset
  • diapers, size 5
  • hand sanitizer
  • disinfectant wipes
  • dry dog food
  • groceries
  • cereal
  • snacks
  • cleaning supplies
  • gift cards (Wal Mart, Target, Five Below, bookstore, Amazon)

The Christmas Connection donation center is located at the old Suz-Annz furniture store at 2811 Capital Circle Northeast. It is open seven days a week.

Donations can be dropped off curbside or sent through the Christmas Connection’s Amazon wish list.

CASE 422/JEFFERSON COUNTY

A Jefferson County woman is now caring for her niece and nephew after her sister passed away from COVID-19.

She has two children of her own and the kids range in age from 6 to 10. The woman has gone through her savings and doesn’t have furnishings to accommodate everyone. Her top priority is giving the children something to smile about this Christmas:

  • skateboard
  • action figures (Spiderman, Hulk, Black Panther)
  • Legos
  • building blocks
  • models
  • Barbie dolls
  • LOL dolls
  • Teen-appropriate jewelry and accessories
  • board games
  • science toys
  • pots and pans
  • towels
  • kitchen towels
  • blankets
  • cleaning supplies
  • groceries
  • gift cards

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