An organization in Pittsford is making sure refugee families have a special holiday.
For more than 20 years, volunteers at Saint's Place in Pittsford have worked hard to help those new to the area feel more at home. Many refugees move with nothing. That’s why Executive Director Isabel Miller and her team of volunteers help with clothing, furniture and tutoring.
This time of year they’re working to fill holiday wish lists.
“This is a wonderful idea that came to us,” said Miller. “And why we love it so much at Saint‘s Place is that this time around we individually asked what do the families want. So, all those bins that are going out there are wishes coming true.”
Some of the holiday baskets include food, toiletries, cookware, games and sporting goods for the kids. Most of the items were donated from families at St. Louis Church.
“It is a great opportunity for families to do something and to think of someone else,” Miller added. “So they take the angel off the tree, and they go out and purchase the items on the list, put it in the bins and we pick it up.”
"This family is from the Congo they’ve only been here for 11 months so this will be their very first Christmas in Rochester,” Associate Director Michele Quinn said. “So they gave us a wish list. It is mom, dad and three children.”