As the Holiday season approaches, and we prepare for the birth of Christ, we are reminded of all of those within our community who have met adversity as a result of the unprecedented pandemic which has gripped our nation and our world. Traditionally, our parish has sponsored a "Christmas Giving Tree" to support those among us who find themselves in need of support during the Holiday season, in order that they may provide Christmas gifts to their families despite their personal financial constraints. Normally, for several weeks leading up to Christmas, angel ornaments adorn a Christmas tree in the vestibule of our church, listing the Christmas wishes of our families in need. Those who are able to are invited to take an ornament and purchase the items listed. This year, in light of the logistical and procedural limitations brought on by the current health crisis, we are unable to facilitate Christmas giving in our traditional manner. However, as a parish, we are committed to providing our brothers and sisters in need with financial support this Christmas, despite these limitations. As such, this year our Christmas Giving Tree will proceed a bit differently. We ask that our parishioners who are in a position to do so donate a monetary gift - either in the form of a Gift Card of any denomination, or through a direct donation to GiveCentral - and our parish staff will ensure that these Gift Cards and/or funds are delivered to our fellow parishioners in need in a safe and efficient manner.
While we regret that we cannot, as in years past, accept gifts in the form of numerous bags and boxes brought to our Church altar in an annual display of the true Christmas Spirit, we are hopeful that the sentiment of generosity, community, and Christmas hope embodied in our Giving Tree tradition will remain, stronger than ever, as we endeavour to aid those in our midst who require our assistance this Christmas. We hope you are able to participate in our 2020 Christmas Giving Tree in some way, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.