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Register here to pack, sort & deliver gifts on Tuesday December 5th
You are invited to help sort, pack, and deliver gifts on December 5. This is a hands-on way to be more involved and connect with the neighbors we serve.
Please speak to Ray McColgan (mccolgan@ me.com) if you can help. This year we may be serving as many as 156 individuals. We invite you to be as generous as you can.
Homeless Campbell Park Students Will Join Giving Tree Recipients This Year
One of our beloved Cathedral traditions returns the weekend of November 11 and 12: our Cathedral Giving Tree, a way for all of us to make a merry Christmas for at-risk children. This year we are excited to more than double the number of children being served with the addition of homeless students and their families at our adopted school, Campbell Park Elementary.
Sponsored since 2009 by the Friends of St. Aelred, the Giving Tree works this way:
* A Christmas tree will be set up in the Narthex, decked with Christmas cards. Each one lists the Christmas wishes of a recipient.
* You choose an ornament — or more than one! — and shop for the requested gift.
* Return the gift no later than Sunday, December 3, UNWRAPPED. Please include a box or gift bag . . . and if you can add some wrapping paper, that would be greatly appreciated.
Besides the children at Campbell Park, this year's recipients are:
* Children and families who live at Resurrection House, a faith-based ministry that provides housing, education, job training and life skills to these families, most of which are headed by single mothers.
* AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP)/ Brighter Seasons for Children, which supports children infected or affected by AIDS/HIV. Currently this organization serves more than 60 families with 125 children.
"Every year, every single card is taken off the tree, and people ask us for more," said Ron Gallucci, one of the organizers. “This is an incredibly generous congregation. So many people buy more than the requested gift. They really want to reach out to these children and families and share their good fortune with others.'' Last year the congregation contributed 232 gifts for 58 individuals.