For the last several years, our local St. Ann conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been hosting a Christmas Giving Tree, as a way of reaching out to those less fortunate families with gifts for them and for their children. Last year we helped 85 of our neighbor’s families to celebrate a more joyous Christmas, providing food cards for the families, as well as presents for 230 children.
This year we will be hosting our fourth annual Giving Tree at St. Ann Parish. Because of the pandemic, we are operating differently than in years past. But our goal remains the same: to share gifts with our neighbors that may otherwise go without. We are asking our fellow parishioners to help, if at all possible, by signing up to fund our efforts with gift and food cards for as many of our neighbors in need as possible.
From November 7 through November 30, those who wish to help will be able to sign up after mass at tables in the back of both churches. The process is simple:
- Visit the Giving Tree table at the back of the church and take one or more “Wish Cards”. Each card is for a gift card, food card, or clothing gift card for one of our neighbors.
- Fill out the information on the yellow pad at the Giving Tree table, including your name, phone number, and the Wish Card code.
- Purchase the indicated gift card(s). (Please be sure that you activate the card before returning it!)
- Tape the receipt to the card, place it in an envelope, and drop it in our “Gift Card Box” at the back of the church.
We realize that you may be reluctant or unable to visit the church to sign up or to drop off the cards for our families. If so, please feel free to call our hotline at (302) 236-9279 for assistance with signing up or for arranging to deliver the cards.
To allow us to get your gift to the right family, we need to set a deadline of Saturday, December 5th for you to drop off the cards. But the earlier, the better; to allow us to sort out the gifts properly.
Please help us to help others, as you have so generously done in the past. We have always experienced great kindness in your support for our ministry. Now, with so many families suffering through these hard times, we need your help more than ever.
We cannot better assure our eternal happiness than by living and dying in the service of the poor, in the arms of Providence, and with genuine renouncement of ourselves in order to follow Jesus Christ.St. Vincent de Paul
Let us learn of Him that holy preference which shows most love to those who suffer most. . . Let us do without hesitation whatever good lies at our hands.Bl. Frédéric Ozanam