Holiday giving guide |

Holiday giving guide

‘Tis the season to be generous. Even if you feel that you can’t spare an extra dime this year, there are plenty of acts of goodwill that don’t involve monetary donations. Haven’t sorted through the pantry in a while? Those canned beans relegated to the back corner could make someone’s day. Still hanging on to winter coats from years past? Donate them to a family without the resources to purchase winter wear. Want to provide a local family with a Christmas they won’t forget? Sign up for one of the many Sub for Santa-type programs organized by Park City organizations. Let the giving begin!

The Peace House is sponsoring a Holiday Helpers gift-giving program. Community members are invited to adopt a family and help make their holiday season a bit more joyous. At the top of the list are women and children who are present or former residents of the shelter. The families in need range from two to six people and organizers request that volunteers spend $25-40 on each family member. Wrapped gifts may be dropped off at 1960 Sidewinder Drive, Suite 106, no later than Dec. 12. To request a family or for more information, email Betsy Ricks at .

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is accepting donations for the food pantry and thrift store at its Old Town location, 121 Park Avenue. The food pantry accepts all nonperishable food items and is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. The thrift store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesday and accepts clothing, furniture, household items and appliances. Donations to Holy Cross Ministries are also accepted at St. Mary’s. Wish list items include school supplies, new or gently used children’s books and baby supplies, especially diapers.

The Christian Center at Park City is accepting items for the Food Pantry and Thrift Shoppe, located at 1100 Iron Horse Drive. The Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts all nonperishable food items including canned goods, soups, baby food, boxed meals, etc. The Thrift Shoppe is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts clothing, furniture and any other practical household items. The Christian Center is also sponsoring a Sub for Santa program. To provide Christmas gifts for a local family in need, please call Linda at 649-2260. Additionally, there is a huge need for housing for international students who come to Park City to work for the winter season. If you are interested in renting a room, please call 649-2260.

The People’s Health Clinic is a drop-off location for the United Way Neighbor-to-Neighbor Response program. The clinic is accepting blankets, winter coats of all sizes, and baby items (diapers, formula and wet wipes). Please bring items to 1251 Kearns Boulevard (at The Yard).

The Children’s Justice Center is in need of office supplies (copy paper, stamps, DV-Rs), fleece blankets, snacks and beverages for children, and household items such as toilet paper, trash bags, kitchen towels and liquid hand soap. Please drop off donations at 1540 E 980 S in Heber. For more information, call 657-1000.

Summit County Friends of Animals accepts in-kind donations at the Furburbia Adoption Center at the Tanger Outlet Center. Items on the wish list include dog and cat toys, kitty litter, blankets, leashes and collars, dog crates and various cleaning supplies. Friends of Animals is also in desperate need of foster parents for puppies and small-breed dogs that cannot be taken to the overnight shelter with the older dogs. If you are willing to provide a foster home, even if it’s only for one night, please call Cathy Clark at 640-7216. To purchase a brick in honor of your pet that will line the walkways at the new Browns Canyon Rescue & Rehab Facility, please visit

Park City Community Church is collecting items for the Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City. Coats, jeans, blankets and new underwear may be placed in the Crossroads drop box, located inside the church. The church is also sponsoring a Basket of Basics drive for the Peace House Women’s Shelter. Those who would like to help are asked to arrange themed baskets of basic needs items. For example, a laundry basket might contain detergent, dryer sheets and bleach; a bedroom basket: a pillow, twin-sized sheets and a blanket; a kitchen basket: paper towels, foil, dishsoap, etc. Please bring donations to 4501 N. Highway 224. For more information, call 649-8131.

Smith’s Food & Drug stores are partnering with the Utah Food Bank to provide meals to needy families. Donations of nonperishable food items are collected in baskets near the entrance of the store at 1725 Uinta Way (off of Highway 224). Customers can also participate in the Gift of Giving program by purchasing pre-made meals or holiday hams or turkeys at the checkout stand. The meals are $7-10 and are delivered directly to the Utah Food Bank.

Zions Bank and the South Summit School District are collecting items for United Way’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Response program. Requested items are canned food, baby products, and packages of underwear and socks. Donations are accepted at all Summit County Zions Bank locations and at the South Summit School District Office, 375 East 300 South in Kamas.

To add a holiday program to the Giving Guide, please email

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