Our annual Christmas in Appalachia gift drive begins on the weekend of Nov. 17-18, as we place gift boxes at the front of both sides of Saint Alphonsus Church with tags in them that list items needed for the people served by Saint Vincent Mission in David, Kentucky.

This gift drive for our brothers and sisters in Appalachia has been a Saint Alphonsus tradition for many years and we are inviting our Saint Alexis sisters and brothers to join in this year.

Gift tags are separated into categories for men, women and children. Parishioners are encouraged to shop for the gifts listed on the tags. If you are buying toys, we recommend choosing toys that do not need batteries.

Please bring unwrapped gifts with tags to the Christmas in Appalachia boxes in the back of the church (both sides) from now until December 2.

Saint Vincent Mission is an outreach organization that helps the needy with a Food Pantry, Emergency Assistance Program, education, home repairs and Grow Appalachia, a food security program.

For over a decade, Saint Alphonsus Parish has generously provided gifts to the mission’s Christmas Store, which provides presents to needy families who would otherwise have little or nothing for Christmas.

Hundreds of individuals receive clothing, household goods, toys, grocery store gift certificates, personal and cleaning items from the Christmas store.

Volunteers are needed to help move the donations during the two-week collection period and then pack them up for delivery. The gifts will be loaded into a truck that parishioners will drive to Kentucky. For information about Christmas in Appalachia or to volunteer, contact Barb Griffith at 724-612-6643 or gifts@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org.