Christmas in July is a special collection for agencies who provide shelter, food, and other living essentials for the needy. The items collected are those needed to assist families and individuals moving to private housing, recovering from physical or emotional abuse, or venturing on new employment opportunities.
This year we are taking a chapter from Dr. Seuss. We won't have the trees, tags, boxes and bags for our Christmas in July event, however, we will still be able to fulfill the ultimate goal of promoting the giving spirit and providing items to those in need.
This year, you can participate by doing safe, online shopping from the comfort of your home! You will have two options:
The HELP Program - see linked document to the right.
The Parish Office is accepting checks to be included in the Christmas in July Donations! You can also donate through our online giving tab on our website.
If you will be writing a check please follow the below instructions:
Payable to: Immaculate Heart of Mary
Memo line: Christmas in July
If you have a preferred agency, please write one of the following in the memo line:
GIFT CARDS: If you would like to purchase a gift card, please notate on the memo line (Ex: Bethany House Gift Card). The Christmas in July volunteer team will work directly with Shop$mart to get appropriate gift cards for the agencies. Please do not buy a gift card from a store and send it to the parish office. We will work through Shop$mart to fulfill this need.
Bethany House Services in collaboration with others provides a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children. They provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing programs, a nurse aide training program, and a program through which recycled furniture and household goods are made available to families re-establishing housing. Typical needs include general household supplies and bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen essentials.
Catholic Charities – Refugee Services
Refugee Services serves refugees who come to the United States through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Most refugees come from extreme poverty, violence, or religious and political persecution in their homelands; seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Typical needs include household supplies and bedroom and kitchen essentials.
Connections: A Safe Place
A Safe Place is dedicated to serving victims of childhood sex abuse with the tools to be restored to authentic identity and by challenging our community to take action to stop sex abuse. They assist these victims with counseling, workshops, family events and retreats. Typical needs include journaling supplies, gift cards to Michael's and Kroger, Teddy Bears, and postage materials.
The HELP Program inspires hope in citizens returning from incarceration by providing a caring community of support and challenge as well as the services they need to find and maintain employment and become fully self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Typical needs include Walmart gift cards for work boots, Kroger gift cards, and PepBoys Auto Repair gift cards.
Inter Parish Ministry Food Pantry
Inter Parish Ministry serves the Eastern side of Hamilton County including Anderson, Mt. Washington, Newtown, and parts of Clermont County. They provide a food pantry, parenting classes, budgeting and other services to low income families in our area. IHM is a part of the parishes that support Inter Parish Ministry. Typical needs include personal care items and cleaning supplies.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Interfaith Hospitality provides homeless families with emergency shelter and hospitality through interfaith communities and works with families to find and retain stable housing. Typical needs are Walmart, Target, Kroger, and Meijer gift cards.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
If you are participating in the gift registry option:
Can I purchase a gift on the registry without an Amazon account?
Please login or create an account on Amazon.com to purchase through the registries. If you prefer not to create an account, you can send in a monetary donation using the monetary donation instructions above.
How will my gift get delivered to the appropriate agency?
Will my credit card information be safe?
From Amazon: "Security is a priority at Amazon and we make every effort to ensure that our transaction process is safe and that your personal information is secure."
How will the agency know that the purchase came from IHM?
The agencies know that IHM has set up online registries with the dates of June 21 – July 15. Our online registries will track what is purchased and delivered to each agency for IHM and the agencies to track.
Can I drop off my purchases to the parish office?
Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all purchases must be delivered directly to the agencies. Donations and purchases must be done through the agency registries to keep all safe.
How long will the registries be listed?
The registries will be available starting June 21 and will be active until July 15, when the Christmas in July collection is over.
If you are participating in the monetary donation:
How do I indicate which agency I would like to send a donation to?
Please write the agency name in the memo line of your check.
Do I send my check to Immaculate Heart of Mary or the agency?
Please send check donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary with Christmas in July and/or the Agency name in the memo line.
Can I send a gift card to Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Typically, yes. However, due to COVID-19 we prefer if you send a check to Immaculate Heart of Mary and specify your intentions of a gift card in the memo line. The IHM staff will then work directly with the Shop$mart team to purchase the intended gift card and then send to the agency.
Can I make a monetary payment online?
Yes, please go to our online giving page to donate online.
What is Shop$mart?
Shop$mart for IHM purchases gift cards from local and national retailers at a discount and sells them to you at face value. You receive the full value of the gift card. The merchants rebate a certain percentage to the parish. You can learn more about our Shop$mart program here.