Giving Trees

Giving Tree

GIVING TREE — St. Joseph

Mission St. Joseph: To show Christian love and care for others by providing, collecting, and distributing gifts to the less fortunate through local organizations at Christmas time. Please sign for providing gifts and/or to join the committee for helping with the collecting, and distributing of gifts. Parish children make and decorate the ornaments used for this ministry.

Talent: Ability to help: 1) make computer labels to be placed on ornaments showing gifts needed; 2) decorate Christmas trees with paper ornaments (usually before or after a weekend Mass on the first and second Sundays of Advent); or 3) consolidate gifts on the Monday following the second Sunday of Advent; or 4) move gifts from the trees to the social hall lobby after weekend Masses on the third Sunday of Advent; or 5) deliver gifts to an organization on the Monday or Tuesday following the third Sunday of Advent; or 6) act as a liaison to one of the organizations served by this ministry.

Time: As little as 15-20 minutes or as much as two hours for one of the listed jobs, longer if you are involved in more than one area of service

Ministry Leader: Evelyn Caffarel, 440-452-4361,

(Looking for a Co-Leader for this St. Joseph Ministry, training will be provided)

GIVING TREE — Nativity

Mission Nativity: To collect toys and clothes for Catholic Charities in Lorain. We get family profiles from there which lists children’s age and boy or girl. We only buy for younger children, not teenagers. The toys and clothes are wrapped up per family and delivered to Catholic Charities the week before Christmas.

Talents: Placing paper ornaments on the trees and the sorting/grouping of gifts.

Time: Approximately 12 hours per year, during the Advent Season

Ministry Leader: Diane Kirsch, 440-935-2301,

Giving Tree Instructions

During Advent, the Giving Trees are located at each entrance of the Church. If you wish to participate, take an ornament from the tree, purchase the gift listed on the back, and use the ornament as a gift tag on the outside of your box or bag. DO NOT REMOVE THE YARN because it is a code to aid in sorting gifts. Golden Acres gifts must be wrapped, but do not wrap Genesis House or Birthright gifts. Please be sure to return the gift to the narthex by December 13th.