Christmas in July

Be a ray of hope for our neighbors in need this summer and help us celebrate the holidays a little early — by collecting food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies for the Franciscan Center.

This year the Franciscan Center is celebrating 50 years of service to the Baltimore community – and throughout that time we have served as a beacon of hope for men, women and children who are among our most vulnerable neighbors. Our programs provide food, clothing and a range of emergency assistance and supportive outreach that is unique in Baltimore. This year alone, we are on pace to provide:

  • More than 115,000 hot, nutritious meals
  • More than 6,000 bags of emergency groceries
  • More than 50,000 articles of free, seasonally appropriate clothing and toiletry items for men, women and children
  • Emergency financial assistance with energy bills, medical prescriptions, eviction prevention and transportation

…and so much more!

These programs are made possible though the support of our friends in the community – but as the weather grows warmer, we recieve fewer donations. Please consider taking up a collection for the Franciscan Center during June and July at your church, office or civic group, and help us to help our neighbors in need!


Critical Needs at the Franciscan Center

Healthy Food

  • Low or no sodium canned vegetables, fruit, and beans
  • Low fat powdered milk
  • Whole grain macaroni & cheese or pasta
  • Brown or wild rice
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Plain or low sugar oatmeal and grits
  • Low sodium canned chicken and tuna in water
  • Reduced fat peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Cup of Noodles (for no-cook bags)




  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hairbrush or comb


School Supplies

  • Wide rule filler paper
  • College rule filler paper
  • 2 Pocket folders (plastic)
  • 2 Pocket folders
  • Binder pencil pouches
  • Glue sticks
  • Covered pencil sharpeners
  • Binder pencil cases
  • Scissors (safety)
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Large pink erasers
  • Facial tissues
  • 24 pack Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Compasses/Protractors
  • Dry erase markers
  • Washable markers
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer

Thank you for your kindness! Please contact Angela Hall at 410-467-5340 ext.113 or at with any questions, or for more information about how to make your donation.


A special “thank you” to our featured sponsors: