Every year we serve thousands of families at Christmas time. They come to us asking for toys for their children, food for their families and warm hats, gloves, and jackets. We do our best to provide, but we’ve always fallen short. With an estimated 1,100 children between the ages of 2 and 18 in our neighborhood who’s families are unable to afford the essentials it is difficult to serve the need.

If you’re interested in donating a toy to a child in need, or warm winter items you can bring unwrapped donations to our shelter at 285 Ormond Street or purchase a gift from our Amazon Wish List. Unwrapped presents are preferred as we invite parents to the House of Mercy a few days before Christmas so they can pick out a toy for their child. Wrapping paper, gift bags, tape, and batteries are also made available to families when they come to shop for presents. On the same day, we also provide boxes of food to families in need to cook their own Christmas dinner. We give out hundreds of hams, turkeys, potatoes and canned goods. This year, we have 1,500 families signed up to receive a box of food. We prepare each box with enough food to last the family for three days. Please consider making a donation to help us provide food and Christmas joy to all of those in need.

Most Requested Presents

  • African American Barbies and baby dolls
  • Footballs
  • Basketballs
  • Legos
  • Scooters

Most Needed Winter Items

  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks – cotton or wool
  • Long underwear
  • Boots – all sizes, men’s and women’s
  • Jackets – all sizes, but especially XL – 5XL
  • Hand warmers

Food Donations

Please bring donations of perishable foods directly to the House of Mercy

  • Main Course: Turkey, Ham, Chicken, Hot Dogs
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables – assortment of canned
  • Canned Soups & Stews
  • Pies
  • Dry Foods – Rice, Noodles, Boxed Mac & Cheese
  • Spices & Condiments – Salt, Pepper, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo

Donation Locations

  • House of Mercy – any day or time, 285 Ormond Street, Rochester, NY. We respectfully decline donations of used stuffed animals due to cleanliness issues.
  • Fleet Feet – Donations can be brought from Dec 1 – 24th during normal business hours.
  • Rochester Running Co – Donations can be brought from Dec 1 – 24th during normal business hours.
  • Medved – Donations can be brought from Dec 1 – 24th during normal business hours.