Christmas Giving Program

Be an Angel to a local family in need this holiday season!

As an “angel” you are committing to sponsor a family for Christmas. 

Christmas is a special, magical time for young children, so we try to focus on them.  That said, we also know that stress of parents drastically affects the entire household, so we try to alleviate some of that stress by examining the entire family situation and finding creative ways to help each family stabilize and improve.  The families we serve are going through very difficult times and could use a little Christmas spirit to shine their way.  The “Family Needs & Wish List” you will receive as a sponsor is simply a guide.  If there are larger, more costly items on the list, please consider donating used items in good condition.  All donations are tax-deductible. 

How families are chosen  

Families are chosen carefully depending on many factors.  Those participating in our social service programs (Transitional Housing, Family Support & Connections, and Fathers Parenting Programs) are invited to be part of our Christmas Giving Program.

Cost and gifts vary  

We ask that sponsors get each family member something functional and something fun, and that they get at least one item for the household.  Many of the families in our case managed programs have recently been homeless and/or have fled a domestic violence situation and are forced to start over. 

           Needs are generally warm clothing or warm bedding

           Wish List Ideas are $10-40 a person on average

           Household items vary, and used items are welcome


Some families have fewer food resources and could use help with a holiday food box, but that is not specifically requested (only if the sponsor feels comfortable taking that on).

Other items 

In the past, some sponsors have also provided a Christmas tree and decorations.  This is up to your discretion.  If this is something you’d like to pursue, please consult the CCS Program Coordinator.  If the family has very little space, you might instead consider a small tree or small Nativity scene that can be placed on a table.

Delivery of Gifts  

Presents should be wrapped and delivered to the Springfield Center of Catholic Community Services on or before mid-December (2017 dates to be decided). If you have a rural Lane County family, we may ask that items are delivered earlier so that our professional case manager has the time to coordinate delivery to that family. It is nice to have presents under the tree for a couple of days before Christmas, and we want our families to experience that feeling. Any food can be delivered at the same time.

Your commitment has a tremendous psychological impact on your adopted family. Should your situation change and you decide not to be an Angel Sponsor, please contact the Outreach Coordinator immediately at 541-345-3628 so we do not leave a family without a bright Christmas.

There are other ways to help families during the holidays!

Visit the Giving Tree at Valley River Center 

Managed by the Eugene Active 20-30 Club, and select a white snowman ornament.  All white snowmen ornaments are for children in CCS’ social service programs.

Host a “Basic Needs Giving Tree”

At your office, church or group! We supply the ornaments of basic needs items families struggle to provide like household cleaning supplies, basic kitchen and bath items, and more, and you provide the tree!  As always, all items go directly to families at no charge.

Donate wrapping paper, tape and gift tags for families living on a tight budget

Donate time

Help with the Christmas Giving Program as a volunteer.  Some opportunities include helping wrap gifts in December, helping us host a Christmas Celebration Event at each community service center, and more. 

On behalf of Catholic Community Services of Lane County, thank you for your kind and generous spirit.  Through this family-to-family support, our hope is to bring love, peace and joy to our struggling neighbors in need.

Get involved in our Christmas Giving Program, or if you have any questions, please contact the Outreach Coordinator, at or 541-345-3628.

CCS Springfield

1025 G Street
Springfield, OR 97477
M-F: 9am-4:30pm

CCS Eugene

1464 W. 6th. Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
M-F: 9am-4:30pm

Mailing Address

Catholic Community Services
1025 G Street
Springfield, OR 97477

Equal Opportunity

Catholic Community Services is an equal opportunity provider. We serve anyone in need, whatever their identity, beliefs or background.