The Giving Tree
Giving Tree 2020
This year’s Giving Tree program will run differently from previous years due to the situation with Covid-19. Parishioners can support the ministry in one of three methods: "in-person" by selecting one of the tags from the Giving Tree in the brick area (these gifts will support the traditional newly relocated refugees, sponsored by the Diocese) selecting a "virtual tag" to purchase a gift using our Giving Tree Sign-Up Genius (these gifts will support our local St. Luke parishioners in need) and the third option if you prefer to remain "safer at home" would be to make an online donation to our Thomasboro ministry.
If you are purchasing a gift, they should be wrapped with the tag securely attached to the outside. Virtual tag information also needs to be clearly visible on the exterior of the package.
Please return them to the church no later than December 14th. They can be dropped off at Mass or throughout the week during normal office hours. Please direct all questions to Al and Yoni Rak @ 704-893-0103 and thanks in advance for your support of this important ministry and God Bless you and your families during this challenging Holiday Season.
To work hand-in-hand with the Refugee Resettlement Office of the Catholic Social Services here in the Charlotte Diocese. That office provides this ministry with a list of approximately 30 refugee families from many different ethnic backgrounds. Most of these families have lived for years in refugee camps and their children were born, and know no other life, than what they experienced living in those refugee camps. The diocese has helped to relocate these refugee families to our area and is assisting them in beginning a new life in our beautiful city.
Our Giving Tree at St. Luke's is a way for our parish to donate a little of our time, a little of our resources, and a lot of our love to help these families experience the joy of the Christmas season and the love of our Catholic community.
Varied - beginning on or around the end of October. Preparing the gift tags that need to be updated with current information and printed on a color copier. Help is then needed to write in the gift information for each family member.
We usually prepare 3 gift tags for each adult and 4 gift tags for each child. These tags are then strung with yarn in order to hang them on the Giving Tree as ornaments. Coordination with Faith Formation helps in getting student and parent volunteers. Announcements are periodically sent to the church office for inclusion in the church bulletin.
* If you are interested in mentoring or assisting with the relocation process of these refugee families beyond the Giving Tree, contact Mary Jane Bruton at the Catholic Social Services office - 704-370-3283.