Christmas already?! Not quite, but we’re getting ready!
Our Christmas trees are going out early so that we can gather loving gifts for those in need this Christmas season. The trees will go up in both churches the weekend of Nov. 17/18. Choose a tag, buy a gift or gift card for the person on the tag, and bring back the gift unwrapped in a gift bag with the tag attached. The gifts will make Christmas a blessing to families from our local St. Vincent de Paul client families, Dorchester’s Tri-Parishes, and St. Patrick’s Parish in Lowell. Thank you for lending a hand to a family in need this Christmas season!
Step 1: Choose a star with a child’s or family’s Christmas wish.
Step 2: Buy a gift appropriate to the age listed or follow the instructions on the star to give a gift card or monetary donation.
Step 3: Put the unwrapped gift into a gift bag + attach your star.
Step 4: Return the gift to either church by December 9, 2018.
Giving Tree—Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets the gift I buy? St. Julia Parish donates gifts to the children of Dorchester’s Tri-Parishes and of our local SVDP client families.
How do I give a monetary gift? You can support the Giving Tree project monetarily if you are unable to go out and choose a gift. Please make checks payable to St. Vincent de Paul with memo: Giving Tree. Please drop checks in the collection basket at Mass, mail to 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493, or deposit in one of our church’s Poor Boxes.
How are monetary donations used? Monetary donations are used first to fulfill any gift requests that are not taken care of and then any remaining donations are added to the general fund of our local St. Vincent de Paul Conference to serve people in need in Lincoln and Weston.
Where do I put my gift card? The easiest and safest way to donate a gift card is to put it in a small gift bag (just like any other gift) and return it to either of our churches or the parish center with star attached. The bag ensures that gift cards will not get lost in the shuffle of the many gifts collected.
Why do I need to return the gift unwrapped, but in a bag? Unwrapped gifts are easier to identify, to ensure the request has been met. The bag allows parents or party organizers to easily finish wrapping the gifts with the simple addition of tissue paper before giving to children.
Why do I need to include the star? The colored star allows our Giving Tree team to sort the gift requests and get them to the appropriate charity and recipient.