Advent Giving Tree

Advent Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is an annual charity drive to provide Christmas gifts to the less fortunate.  It provides an opportunity for parish members to witness their faith by being the "light of Christ" through caring for those in need at Christmas.  It raises awareness of the range and diversity of needs facing people within our parish as well as the greater Detroit area and provides information to encourage parish members to pray for and support organizations serving those in need throughout the year.  The Giving Tree is displayed in the church a couple weekends before Thanksgiving.  Paper ornaments, with detailed information concerning the gift to be purchased, are hung from the tree.  The parishioners take an ornament from the tree and return a gift to the church with the tag attached.  The commiittee collects, separates, wraps with volunteer assistance, and distributes the gifts to the selected charities.

Would you like to "adopt" a family in need for Christmas? ?The annual Christmas Giving Tree will begin November 10th with individual gift tags.  If you are interested in adopting an entire "family" please contact Mary Lee Becker in the Parish Office and she will reserve tags for you. 

 THE DEADLINE TO "ADOPT" A FAMILY IS NOVEMBER 7TH!

Christmas Giving Tree
"Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me." (MT. 25:40)

As we anticipate celebrating the amazing "gift" of the incarnation of God in the birth of Jesus, we invite you to join in our annual Giving Tree project-- and share your blessings with those less fortunate.  You may take responsibility for an ornament tag donation and/or help with the wrapping of gifts.  This year we have committed to seven groups serving diverse needs both within our parish and beyond--each represented by a different shaped/colored ornament:

  • Children of families served by St. Vincent de Paul (green trees)
  • Mary's Children Family Center for brain injury recovery (blue bells)
  • St. Aloysius "street ministry" to homeless, working poor and seniors in Detroit (red bells)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan ministry to prisoners & newly released inmates (blue stars)
  • St. Leo's Soup Kitchen ministry to the homeless (yellow stars)
  • Turning Point shelter for domestic violence victims and survivors (orange candles)
  • McWARM warming center; a gathering place for homeless in Macomb county (red candles)

Please return unwrapped gifts, with the ornament tag attached, to collection boxes in the gathering area when you arrive at Mass on November 24th/25th  or December 1st/2nd.  If possible, please provide gift boses for clothing items. Gifts of cash or checks can also be dropped off at the Parish office.  

Deadline for returning all gifts:  Wednesday December 5, 2018

On Sunday, December 9th at 12:30pm gifts will be wrapped in the Activity center.  If you would like to help with the wrapping please bring scissors, tape, gift boxes (if possible).  NO WRAPPING PAPER NEEDED!  All are welcome, but under 16 yr.old must be accompanied by an adult!

 

Debbie Mazur
 

Christian Service & Adult Formation Coordinator 

(586) 977-8080, ext. 107
email:  djmazursjfparish@gmail.com