Christmas Cares, Unions Share 2021: A Recap

Thanks to the many individuals, companies, businesses, organizations, and groups for their tireless efforts in making the 2021 Christmas Cares, Unions Share Program successful for our families.

The pandemic was still very much part of our lives this year, but untouched by the continuing pandemic was the importance and character of the event. The financial impact of this pandemic has continued to increase food insecurity across Franklin County. For the second year, we were able to expand the program’s footprint to serve families across Franklin County and provide food for approximately 2,300 families. That’s more than 9,400 people.  Each family received over 100 pounds of food to sustain them through the holidays.

Watch our 2021 Christmas Cares Video

It takes a village

This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of St. Stephen’s Community House’s dedicated volunteers, the Central Ohio Labor Council and donors like Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Columbia Gas/NiSource Foundation, Columbus City Council, Big Lots Foundation, and so many others. We are so grateful.

Columbia Gas Employees Volunteer during Day 1 of Christmas Cares, Unions Share.- SSCH Photo

As well as our food partners, Kroger, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Bellisio Foods, and Sugar Creek Packing.

New partnerships

We are also thankful for new partnerships with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who through their food distribution arm, donated a full semi-truck containing, pancake mix, meat and dairy items, mashed potato mix, and so much more.

“As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and think about His life of service to others, it seems fitting for us to join with others to help and serve those in need,” said President Gary Madden, Stake President of the Columbus Ohio South Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ. “The first two commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors. This donation gives us the opportunity to do both – to show love for God and to open our hearts in an expression of love and charity to others.”

Getting out the message

St. Stephen’s Community House is also thankful to our friends at NBC 4, ABC 6/Fox 28, the United Way of Central Ohio, Rick Ricart, and the Ricart Automotive Group. As well as Besa, Parichute, Jeni Britton of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Frankart Film, and Josh Williams of the Columbus Crew. For amplifying our Christmas Cares, Unions Share message and getting out the need for volunteers and support!

Good news travels far 

The Christmas spirit even reached north to Toledo, OH where Marcia Herman learned about Christmas Cares, Unions Share from a family member. As an avid scrap booker and card making-enthusiast, she made over 2,000 Christmas cards by hand to be passed out to families this year.

“As much as I would’ve loved to come and help this year, this was my way of providing a little bit of Christmas joy.”

When asked if she was looking to make cards again in 2022, Mrs. Herman said, “Definitely!”

In this challenging year, witnessing our community once again come together to ensure families have full bellies and hearts this holiday season was a blessing. This is also a stark reminder that hunger doesn’t stop after the holidays. We must, as a community, continue this effort to help our neighbors in need. You can  donate  or sign up for year-round volunteer shift by visiting our  Volunteer United page


We would like to acknowledge the following for this year’s support and contributions:

Central Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO


American Labor Federation

Anheuser Busch


APWU 232


BCTGM Bakers Local 57

Bellisio Foods

Bishop Watterson High School

Bricklayers 55

CAM Logistics




Central Ohio Labor Council Retirees

Charity Newsies

Columbus City Council

Columbus Firefighters 67

Columbus Foundation

Columbus Marauders

Columbus Teamsters Retirees

Stephen’s Community House Staff


Dublin Montessori Academy

G&J Pepsi

Gateway Self Storage

General Mills

George J Igel & Co.

Giant Eagle



IBEW 683

Indus Hotels

Iron Workers 172


Knights of Columbus 3727

Kroger Company

Marcy Enterprises

Meijer Stores

Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Molina Healthcare

NiSource Columbia Gas


Our Lady of Peace Scout Troop 169

Painters and Allied Trades 1275

The Homer Cordell Family

Patrick & Maggie Turner

PNC Financial Services

Penske Truck



Plumbers and Pipefitters 189

Sheet Metal Workers 24

Brigid of Kildare

St. Francis DeSales High School

Sugar Creek


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

TWU 208

UFCW 1059

Union Label

United Steel Workers

United Way of Central Ohio

Watkins Printing



R.C. Truck Lines

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