Christmas at The Refuge - Gift Giving Guide

Christmas at The Refuge - Gift Giving Guide

The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone . . . especially for our emergency shelter that 
houses up to 9 families every day, as well as provides supportive services to an additional
33 families and 24 single men through the Rapid Re-Housing Program. In an effort to keep 
Christmas equitable for all of our clients, manageable for our staff and to be good stewards 
of God's provisions, please refer to this year's gift giving guide.  

This holiday season, we advise our supporters to consider helping our families by purchasing
gifts in one of the following categories. (Your unwrapped donations can be dropped off at
The Refuge, 1027 E. 26th St., Monday - Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Gift Cards
Gift cards to local shopping and grocery stores are an impactful and practical gift that allow families 
to get what they need.

Bus Passes
Transportation is a big issue for those struggling with homelessness and poverty. Bus passes provide greater access to healthcare, job opportunities and more.  Purchase passes to donate or designate your financial gift to help provide bus access to our families. (For more information on rates and where to purchase passes, visit EMTA at

Welcome Home Kits
Help our families as they move out of the shelter and into a home of their own. Providing "Welcome 
Home Kits" or single kit items - such as bathroom, kitchen or bedroom kits - is a helpful, practical 
way to assist our families in need. Please view/download our list of suggested kit items below.

Gifts For Kids
We welcome unwrapped, donated toys and games for the shelter children. 
Among the most requested items are: 

  • kid's sleeping bags
  • Barbies
  • super hero action figures
  • sports balls
  • My Little Pony 
  • PJ Mask 
  • Paw Patrols
  • princess items
  • board games
  • cars

* due to current supplies, we do not need playdough, crayons or puzzles. Also, no toy guns please.

Mission Support
Cold weather months bring added expenses such as increased utility bills and snow removal costs. 
Your financial contribution to support the daily operation of our emergency shelter is a welcome 
gift that helps all of our families. You can make a monetary gift right now by clicking the donate button or mail checks payable and to: EUMA, 1033 East 26th St., Erie, PA 16504. (Please include "Christmas Mission Support for The Refuge" in the memo section of your check.)


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