Christmas Connection, Day 6: For kids, think bikes and anything Batman

Over the next two weeks, the Tallahassee Democrat is partnering with Catholic Charities on the Christmas Connection to spotlight local families who need help this Christmas. Donations will be taken Nov. 26-Dec. 17. Here's how you can help.

CASE # 118: Family includes adopted sons, niece


This couple has 4 biological children, 2 of them still at home with significant disabilities. They have 2 young adopted sons and they are raising a niece who has been in their home since she was 4 months old. They continue to serve as foster parents as needed. The mother is no longer able to work because the disabled children require full-time care.


Food, cleaning supplies


Father and mother, Age 52

Suggested gifts: Home Depot gift card for home repairs, gift card for food

Daughter, Age 28

Suggested gifts: Hand mixer

Son, Age 24

Suggested gifts: Camouflage shirt, medium

Niece, Age 9

Suggested gifts: Tablet, art supplies for drawing, multi-ethnic barbie doll or baby doll with clothes, books

Son, Age 6

Suggested gifts: Remote control car, Anything Batman – umbrella, raincoat, figures, books

Son, Age 5

Suggested gifts: Tablet, art supplies, box cars, small handheld toys, books

CASE # 119: Widow needs food for her cat


This elderly widow lives alone and has many health problems. She suffered some damage from Hurricane Idalia and lost all of the food in her refrigerator/freezer.


Twin blanket, Grab bars for bathroom, food, toiletries and cleaning supplies


Woman, Age: 83

Suggested gifts: Sheets for hospital bed, warm, loose socks with gripping bottom, microwave, heater, Meow mix and canned Friskies for her cat

CASE # 125: Bikes are big for mother of 4


This mother with 4 children works full-time, adding overtime when possible to make ends meet. She does not receive child support. She tries to keep the children involved in activities in addition to meeting their basic needs.


King blanket and sheets, toiletries, Walmart gift card


Mother, Age 32

Suggested gifts: Kitchenware

Daughter, Age 12

Suggested items: Bike and helmet (20”), handheld games, books

Daughter, Age 10

Suggested gifts: African American Baby Alive, bike and helmet (20”), handheld games, books

Son, Age 8

Suggested gifts: Bike and helmet (16”), football or basketball, handheld games, books

Son, Age 4

Suggested gifts: Balance trike, trucks, blocks, books

How to help

Donate in person: Drop off donated items at the Christmas Connection site at 309 South Bronough Street (corner of Bronough and Pensacola, bottom level of Kleman Plaza). The site is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Days of operation are Nov. 26-Dec. 17. Deadline for donated items is Dec. 11.

Wish List: Shop early and shop easy with the Christmas Connection Amazon wish list. You can view the wish list at the website

Blanket Days: Drop off new blankets and heaters from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the 309 South Bronough location. A volunteer will help you unload your car.

Donate online or by mail: Make a monetary donation online at or send a check to Christmas Connection, P.O. Box 20165, Tallahassee, FL 32316.

Adopt a family: Complete a brief request form on the website and a family in need will be assigned to you by the volunteer adoption coordinator. All families are referred to us from social service organizations in the Big Bend area.

Host a Christmas Connection collection drive or holiday party: Gather people from your office, school, church, sports team, family or friends and host a party or collection drive. Sign up online on the website and then collect gift items, gift cards and/or monetary donations, which can be brought to the collection site.

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