It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas gifts for St. Vincent Mission in Appalachia!

Our annual Christmas in Appalachia gift drive begins on the weekend of Nov. 18-19 as we place gift boxes at the front of the church (both sides) with tags in them that list items needed for the people served by St. Vincent Mission in David, Kentucky. Gift tags are separated into categories for men, women and children.

Parishioners are encouraged to pick up tags and shop for gifts of clothing and 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) between Nov. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 3. They will then be packed up and loaded into a truck that parishioners will drive to Kentucky.

In the meantime, volunteers are needed to help move the donations to the rectory garage during the two-week collection period and then pack them up in preparation for delivery.

St. 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, St. Alphonsus Parish has generously provided gifts to St. Vincent 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.

The mission was run for decades by Sister Kathleen Weigand, a Pittsburgh native. She now handles public relations part time. For more information about Christmas in Appalachia, contact Barb Griffith at 724-933-7831 or email

Thank you for your generosity.