How to Donate at Christmas and Have that Gift Extend Beyond the Holidays:

The St. Nicholas Project

(DUTCHESS) – October 11 — Every holiday season people seek out organizations to support and ways they can assist people in their local communities. Some purchase coats and gloves to give to families in need, some contribute food to Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and others donate money to area nonprofit organizations. Many of those gifts provide joy and support during December. However, there are many families that need help beyond the holidays; that’s where St. Nicholas Project comes in.

“The St. Nicholas project allows Catholic Charities to provide help throughout the year and provide hope around Christmas. It enables us to provide year-round assistance, coordination and social services to families and individuals who need both emergency crisis support and long-term support,” stated Mary Marshall, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County.

The St Nicholas Project takes its name from St. Nicholas the third century Bishop of Myra, whose life embodies generosity and charity. Although often associated with Christmas giving, St. Nicholas was first known for his year-round vocation to care for the poor. In that spirit, the Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project reaches out and aids those in need throughout the year.

Those interested in contributing can make a donation by check or credit card by participating directly in our Holiday programs in Catholic Charities -Dutchess County (845-452-1400).

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County helps solve the problems of local individuals in need: the neglected child, the homeless family, the newly arrived immigrant or refugee, the hungry senior, or the newly unemployed for non-Catholics and Catholics alike. CCCSDC is a resource for needy families and individuals in Dutchess County, offering a wide array of free and professionally administered direct services to county residents at their main office in downtown Poughkeepsie and throughout the county. For more information visit or call 845-452-1400.