The Giving Tree is an annual Christmas project that engages the time, talent and treasure of the entire Parish. Through the generosity of our Parishioners, we collect and distribute a wide variety of gifts, food, utility payments, gasoline and gift cards to Lincoln-Way area residents. It is our hope to lighten the burdens and brighten the Christmas Season for our neighbors. Jesus taught us to love one another and it is our intention to not only share this love throughout the year, but especially during this Blessed Season..
How it is done:
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Christmas trees are set up in the Narthex. The trees are decorated with the envelopes containing requests from families in need. Parishioners are invited to look at the requests and choose envelope(s) that they are able to fulfill. The gifts are collected in the St. Jude Gym on the Sunday through Wednesday two weekends after Thanksgiving. Many volunteers work shifts to organize, wrap and deliver the presents. Volunteer sign- up sheets are available in the Narthex the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Nobody has been able to say for sure when the Giving Tree began at St. Jude but organizers say that they have been involved for 20 to 25 years, maybe more.