Throughout the month of December, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls invites you to count down the days till the holiday with our 12 Kids of Christmas! Every day, we’ll bring you stories of our group home, from inspiring happenings to in-depth stories of our children’s journeys from hurt to hope.

So pour a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy these stories—some heartwarming, some tragic—but all of them filled with hope. As you read, know that your friendship with our Catholic charity is a gift to our kids, bringing them safety, healing and a loving home for the holidays. Please consider making a donation today to make the Christmas season bright for each of our kids.

Tim's Essay

With our first kid of Christmas, we bring you a heartbreaking essay Tim wrote about struggling through the holidays before finding Mercy Home.

Estela's Story

Growing up, Estela was painfully shy. Being shy meant that she had no one could talk to. It meant that she couldn’t ask for the help she needed...

Julia's Story

From struggling at home with a mentally ill mother to being homeless on the streets, our third kid of Christmas introduces you to young Julia.

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