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Feeding the Hungry

Helping Hands of St. Louis

Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, is located at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, Ohio, serves low-income and homeless families and individuals. The Outreach Center includes a Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Clothing Center. Additional services include providing hygiene packs to families and hot showers and hygiene and snack kits to the homeless.

Helping Hands Annual Winter Coat Fest A Success!

Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, organizes coats for the annual Winter Coat Fest.

TOLEDO— Helping Hands volunteers and staff spent the morning in the Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, assisting men, women and children in finding winter clothing items. 

“This year we provided nearly 500 winter coats to individuals, and hats, gloves and winter boots,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Nearly 150 families were helped!” 

Various area churches, school and service groups volunteered and many have donated winter items for the Annual Winter Coat Fest. Special thanks to Spengler Nathanson, PLL, the Wood County Knights of Columbus, Huntington Bank on Main, Saint John XXIII, Walker Family Funeral Homes & Crematory on Navarre and Citizens National Bank on Main for providing so many winter items for our guests!

Although this event helps get area residents ready for the cold weather, donations are needed throughout the fall and winter months. Gently used winter boots, especially men's sizes 10 and up and men’s socks; children’s boots; and warm coats, hats and gloves for men, women and children are continually needed. These items may be dropped off at Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays - Fridays.

To arrange for a donation drive, please call Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 101; or email

Thank you and God Bless!