Catholic Charities welcomes new gifts, clothes

Jenny State, left, and Angela Schmelz, parishioners of St. Bernadette Church, loaded toys into a van at Sister Visitor Center on West Market Street in this 2017 file photo. Individuals and parishes are invited to donate new clothing and toys to aid in the center’s mission. (Record File Photo by Jessica Able)

Several ministries of Catholic Charities of Louisville provide clothing and toys to families they serve during the Christmas season.

Parish groups and individuals are invited to help fulfill that mission.

Sister Visitor Center, located at 23rd and West Market Streets, helps families in the Portland, Shawnee and Russell neighborhoods with rent, utility bills, medical expenses, food and clothing throughout the year.

In order to show “dignity and respect” to clients served by Sister Visitor, the center is collecting new clothing and toys, which will be shared with families that need Christmas gifts.

Unwrapped items may be dropped off through Dec. 18 at 2234 Market Street between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Sister Michele Intravia, director of Sister Visitor Center, at 873-2566, ext. 112.

Regular donations resume Jan. 13, 2020.

Several other Catholic Charities’ programs will also accept unwrapped items from Dec. 3 to 11 at 2911 Fourth Street between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. These gifts will be shared with clients served by the agency’s Migration and Refugee Services, Bakhita Empowerment Initiative (which serves human trafficking survivors) and Family Support Services.

Click here for a general wishlist. For more information, contact Darian Eswine at 637-9786 or

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