Christmas Giving Tree
We are determined to continue our tradition - but in a different way this year, to comply with coronavirus safety requirements. Your health and safety is of utmost importance, so instead of selecting a wish list tag off the tree in the back of church, you can select a recipient online.
If you are able to provide a gift to support these families, please sign up and deliver them to the Red Door Room at the rectory no later than December 11th (Please!). Because of the exceptional challenge of delivering gifts to recipients this year, we are not able to accept late donations.
We are so grateful for the generosity and engagement of our St. Josaphat community during this unprecedented time. A big thank you in advance if you can give to the Giving Tree for 2020.
St. Agatha’s is our Sharing Parish and is located on the west side of Chicago. St. Agatha’s assists its parishioners and others in their neighborhood in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Their parish office receives requests from their registered families for gifts to be distributed at their annual Christmas event.
Courage is based at St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn and networks with high schools in their area, including Englewood, to provide resources to pregnant young women and single parents. Besides programs to help their personal growth and parenting skills, Courage provides its mothers with the necessities they cannot obtain on their own, such as formula, diapers, wipes, clothes and household items. Other parishes donate clothing and diapers for infants and we are asked for donations for toddlers as well as bedding and towels for the moms.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is located at 212 South Francisco in Chicago. They are committed to strengthening and empowering those most in need to reach their greatest potential. This is accomplished through quality child care and early childhood education, after-school programs, comprehensive services to isolated seniors, programs for pregnant and parenting teens and outreach to at-risk families and individuals.
Don's Helping Hands – those folks who come to the rectory for a sandwich and soup or pop. Daily requests for socks, hats and gloves are the norm.