Assist with Advent Giving Tree project by delivering gifts to nursing homes or homebound.
The Giving Tree started back in 1992 and every year since the parish has provided Christmas gifts for families needing the support of their parish. In 1993 we added gifts for the parishioners in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living facilities and home bound. In 2006 we added tags for “The Gift of Warmth”, tags for gasoline and groceries. The Gift of Warmth is a program to assist needy parishioners with assistance with utilities. The gasoline gift cards and grocery gift cards are distributed by the parish staff to needy parishioners thru the calendar year.
The work on the project starts in late September when the parish identifies the parishioners in nursing facilities and the facilities are contacted for gift ideas. The parish also identifies the home bound parishioners and their Eucharist Ministers are contacted for their gift ideas. Finally the parish families complete the necessary paper work and their gift requests are identified.
The giving tree tags are copied, cut and whole punched and given to Mrs. Stange’s class for “stringing”. The tags are written with the requested item and separated evenly for each Mass so each Mass has an equal amount of Nursing Home, homebound, Family items, Gift of Warmth, gas and grocery items.
The Art and Environment committee places the tree in the back of church the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and we place the tags on the tree.
The parishioners select a tag from the Giving Tree and purchase the requested item(s). The giving continues when parishioners volunteer to assist in the moving and sorting of the gifts the first Sunday of December following the 11:00 A.M. Mass. The giving continues when parishioners volunteer to deliver gifts to the home bound or the nursing homes. Each year some of the gifts are not returned and we have parishioners that go purchase the desired item.
The gifts are many times the only gift the nursing home and home bound parishioners receive. Every year the parish receives thank you notes from the recipients after Christmas. Some of the notes are written by the children thanking for the toys they wanted so badly and received! One child also shared that their mother cried she was so happy. One of the home bound not only thanked the parish for the gift but also thanked the parishioners that took time to visit with them. One family expressed the fact that the year was so difficult and it was so nice to have a nice Christmas.
Time and time again we have had families that were early recipients now they are able to give to other fellow parishioners and vice versa some have given gifts for years and now they are recipients. Please help us provide a gift for a fellow parishioner by selecting a tag, purchasing the desired gift, wrapping it and returning it on or before the date on the tag. Please volunteer to help sort the gifts, or deliver the gifts to a homebound or nursing home parishioner.
Christmas cards are purchased and written for each parishioner in the Nursing facilities and homebound.