This Holiday season, there are many ways to support and help people in need, such as donating to program-specific Wish Lists, supporting local families, volunteering your time.

Ways to Help

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Donate to one of our six programs

Winter in Alaska can be harsh, your support is a beacon of light and hope. Your gift goes toward providing a family with food for their Christmas meal, helping house those experiencing homelessness, making sure our guests have a good night’s sleep at Brother Francis Shelter, making sure a new arrival refugee family feels welcomed upon arriving in Anchorage, or providing a warm, inviting space for mothers and children at Clare House. Email Celeste Earley with questions at

Make a Gift

Helping Holidays

Helping Holidays connects the Anchorage community to Catholic Social Services clients currently working with one of our case managers. This program helps to provide gifts for families in need.

Support a Family

Donate Gift Cards for Clients

Everyone loves Christmas shopping. Your donation of a gift card will give clients the special gift of shopping for their family and picking out that perfect Holiday gift. Gift cards can be to Target, Fred Meyer, or Walmart. You can mail in or drop off gift cards. Mailed in gift cards should be sent attn: Katie Gordon. Email Katie with questions at

Donate Needed Items

Visit the CSS Holiday Wish List to see what our programs are currently in need of. These can be dropped off on Fridays at our Main Center, 3710 E 20th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508.

See Our Wish Lists

Host a Donation Drive

Contact Katie to set up a donation drive at your organization or workplace:

Buy a Christmas gift for BFS guests

We need Christmas gifts for our BFS guests! Shop from BFS’s Amazon wishlist to donate new shower sandals, wool socks, adult coloring books and colored pencils, backpacks, gloves, and beanies for guests to open on Christmas Day. If you have any questions, contact Katie Gordon at


We have several volunteer opportunities during the Holidays, and year round. Donate your time to helping bring Holiday Joy to your neighbors this year.

See Volunteer Opportunities