Christmas Giving Tree
Ministry Leader: Lori Sheidler and Susan Hunter
Are you a parish family in need of assistance this Christmas? We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 Christmas Giving Tree. If you are a registered and active parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle (for a minimum of 6 months), and would like to be considered, please complete a 2020 Giving Tree Intake Form and return by October 19 to our Caring Ministries Office or Parish Office. Click HERE for the 2020 Giving Tree Family Intake Form.
Gift Tags will be available beginning Saturday, October 31, 2020. Gifts may be dropped off in the Parish Office 9:00am-1:00pm or Caring Ministries Office 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday – Thursday.
Thank you for participating in our Giving Tree Program and continued support of the Caring Ministries Outreach Programs!
Take a Picture of your Star with your Phone, so you have it with you when shopping or if it gets misplaced we can replace it! “Click A Pic.”
The gifts tags will be hung until all have been taken. The agencies that we are sponsoring this year are as follows:
- Starbright Foundation
- Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz)
- St. Peter’s Indian Mission
- St. Anthony’s Indian Mission
- Catholic Charities Foster Families
- St. Andrew’s Mother’s Lifeline
- St. Andrew’s Anonymous Parish Families
Gift Tag Pricing/Color Guidelines:
Gift Tags – All gift tags will be $25 or less
PLEASE NOTE: All gifts must be returned no later than Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Foster Family Christmas Dinner Party:
Due to COVID-19, the annual Foster Family Christmas Dinner Party has been cancelled.
A Note about our Agencies
The mission of the Starbright Foundation is to rescue children and young adults from human sex trafficking and modern day slavery, as well as other dangerous and abusive environments in association with local law enforcement and governing authorities.
Starbright is establishing "safe houses" which provide maximum safety for endangered children, an environment for healing. They provide hope through crisis counseling, trauma therapy and education. Starbright offers new beginnings for these children through specialized care for victims of cultic, clergy, incest, mental, physical and sexual abuses, as well as comfort for their families. And they promote awareness in the community on the escalating crimes of child pornography and exploitation, which cause human suffering within our communities and nation.
We are partnering with Starbright to sponsor 25 girls and 25 boys for Christmas, youth who really need our help. Your generous gift will help Starbright continue to be the beacon of light for these children that are in need of love that doesn’t hurt and trust that won’t be broken.
Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz):
The mission of Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz)is to enhance parent-child relationships, optimize child health and development, build on family strengths and prevent child abuse and neglect. Program services are designed to strengthen families during the first five years of a child’s life when vital early brain development occurs. HFAz is a prevention program dedicated to supporting families in their quest to be the best parents they can be.
Through our Giving Tree program, we provide gift cards to some of these families to help them with groceries or Target/WalMart gift cards to help them get through the holidays.
St. Peter Indian Mission
St Peter Indian Mission School is located in Bapchule, AZ. It is a private school that serves 198 students in grades K-8. St Peter Indian Mission School is coed (school has male and female students) and is Roman Catholic in orientation. The school belongs to the National Catholic Educational Association.
In 2010, St Peter Indian Mission School had 15 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Arizona average is 21 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
St. Anthony's Indian Mission
The Christmas Giving Tree provides a happy Christmas to families identified by St. Anthony’s Mission who are having difficulties making ends meet. Through the Christmas Giving Tree program, we are able to give every family we sponsor the following: a family gift and a gift for each child 18 years and under.
Catholic Charities Foster Families
Catholic Charities recruits and licenses foster families. Some children need a home for one day while others one week, still others may need care for a year or more. There are more than 14,000 children in need of loving homes in Arizona, especially homes willing to keep siblings together. These foster families make a difference in the lives of these children.
Through our Giving Tree program, we provide a Christmas Party for these families which includes dinner, gifts for the children and gift cards for these families to help them with groceries or Target/WalMart gift cards to help them get through the holidays.
Mothers’ Lifeline is designed to meet the needs of mothers in crisis situations. Mothers’ Lifeline is part of a community support network for mothers of limited economic means. The support network provides practical assistance to the many challenges a mother faces. This includes the location of material items infant clothing, diapers and nursery items as well as seeking out resources available in the community. Our distribution area is, generally limited to the East Valley; Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert.
St. Andrew's Anonymous Parish Families
The Christmas Giving Tree provides a happy Christmas to families in the parish who are having difficulties making ends meet. Through the Christmas Giving Tree program, we are able to give every family we sponsor the following: a family gift, and a gift for each child 18 years and under.
Did You Know...
This year, every family that St. Andrew sponsors through our Giving Tree program will receive the following: 1 gift per child under 18 years and a gift card to the family, a gift card to either a grocery store, Target or WalMart.