Our mission is to ensure less fortunate families and children are remembered during the Christmas season. We contact several local organizations and coordinate the process identifying Christmas needs of that group. We request, collect, sort, distribute, and track gifts that fulfill those needs. In October, November and December we need volunteers to set up and organize this process, including putting up a tree with ornament tags and delivering gifts.
The Giving Tree Ministry and how it works…
There are numerous needy families in our community. We seek them out, talk to them about their Christmas needs and wants, and then provide each child in the family with four gifts. The four gifts include two wants and two needs. The adults in the family are given gas and/or grocery gift cards. After obtaining details such as age and size we create the list of needs. As far as the wants, we try to allow the children (or parents) to name the exact toy, game or item that the child would really enjoy this Christmas.
Once our list is complete, we create labels for each and every gift. These labels go on the back of a paper ornament that we hang on our Giving Tree. For about four weekends we hang these ornaments up before and after each Mass. Our success depends entirely on our parishioners at this point. We ask that a tag be taken by each family and the gift be purchased and brought back the following week. (We request that the gifts be unwrapped because in our experience the parents want to feel a part of this process so we provide them with wrapping paper to wrap their own children’s gifts)
About one or two weeks before Christmas the gifts must be turned in by anyone who picked an ornament. We then diligently inventory all the gifts. Whatever is missing is quickly purchased with funds collected by those that choose to give monetary donations. We strive to fulfill every request. We then gather the gifts and distribute them to the families on a set date.
Being a part of this ministry is awesome. Sometimes your role is behind the scenes (creating labels) sometimes you’re front and center (contacting the families for their requests) and other times you’re doing the leg work (shopping last minute at the mall!) Regardless of how much or how little time you want to give, The Giving Tree Ministry has a place for you!
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of then contact Jennifer below
The Giving Tree Ministry Team
Volunteer requirements: Paper Volunteer Application
Contact the Ministry Leader listed below to volunteer for this ministry