The St. Thomas the Apostle Parishioners have done an amazing job participating in this year’s Annual Advent Giving Tree Program. We kept the faith that our parishioners would be as generous as always and you exceeded our expectations during this very chaotic time.
Everyone adapted to the new process seamlessly. Every gift was labeled with the organization and all gift cards had a dollar value. This was so appreciated when sorting and distributing.
Your generosity and continued support have not only made this program successful, but has brightened the Christmas season for many. We collected over $4,000 in ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Target & Kohl’s gift cards for our parish. There were 59 very large bags of gifts along with a microwave, 2 bikes and $520 in gift cards for the organizations listed below.
Family Promise –renamed from Interfaith Hospitality for the Homeless of Essex County – Montclair, NJ
Dr. Lena Edwards Charter School – Jersey City, NJ
RWJ Barnabas Health Center for Hemophilia – Newark NJ
St Rose of Lima Parish – Newark NJ
Mercy House – Newark NJ
St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, Elizabeth NJ
Special thanks to everyone who participated and assisted including:
The Confirmation Candidates
Prayer Shawl Ministry for making hats & gloves
The Organizations are very thankful to the St Thomas Community for their giving spirit and asked us to share their gratitude and prayers for all of us in the new year.
Below are some pictures of the gifts received and those people making the pickup.
The Archdiocese of Newark produced a short video about Mercy House, which is one of the organizations that the Advent Giving Tree donated to.