Christmas Outreach 2018

Advent / Christmas Outreach Projects
 
Service to those in need is an essential part of living as disciples of Christ. All Saints and its members have a long tradition of doing so, especially during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
 
ARMFUL OF LOVE
Financial crises can be compounded at Christmas. Struggling parents often have to choose between gifts under the tree and paying for groceries or utilities.  360 Communities created Armful of Love for the purpose of providing Christmas gifts and grocery certificates to families in need in Dakota County. All Saints has been a sponsoring organization for many years.

All Saints’ Armful of Love tree will be in the Gathering Space November 10 thru December 2. White Angel Tags will have information pertaining to a single gift (first name, age, size, etc.). There will be additional white angel tags requesting gift certificates and grocery certificates to support this project.
 
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE — 
Taking one or more of these tags, purchasing and wrapping the gifts, and bringing them back to the tree – with the angel tags securely attached –  by 5:30pm on Sunday, December 2.
Please Note – Gift/grocery certificate donations SHOULD NOT go in the collection plate or by the tree. These need to be delivered to the parish office by 3:00pm on Friday, November 30.

YOU COULD SPONSOR A CHILD —
Look for yellow angel tags with 4 gift wishes for an individual child. Put the wrapped gifts into a bag, securely attach the angel tag, and bring them back to the tree by 5:30pm on Sunday, December 2.

YOU COULD SPONSOR A FAMILY —
In the Gathering Space after Masses on October 27/28 and November 3/4 there will be an opportunity to sign up to sponsor Armful of Love families. Families of all sizes are available for sponsorship. (This makes a great project for the work place, extended family, or classroom.)
Sponsor a Family packages are to be brought to All Saints by 4:00pm, Thursday, November 29.
 

EBENEZER RIDGES - GIFTS OF LOVE
Gifts of Love brings Christmas cheer to the elderly residents of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center located in Burnsville. Purple gift tags listing specific gift requests will be on the tree in the Gathering Space.
 
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE — 
Take one of these tags, purchasing and placing the gifts in a GIFT BAG. Please DO NOT wrap the gifts. Bring the gifts back to the tree with the tags securely attached by 5:30pm on Sunday, December 2.
 

JOSEPH’S COAT
Joseph’s Coat is an independent, inner-city free store in St. Paul serving persons in the community who are homeless or otherwise in need. They accept donations of clothing, household items and personal care products, which are made available to those whom they serve.  Their greatest needs are winter clothing and boots for men, women and children (especially men’s boots and men’s winter underwear and outerwear in sizes Large to 5XL).  Also needed: underwear (especially for women and children), socks, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, shoes, adult backpacks, blankets and disposable razors.

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE — 
We are collecting NEW items only, please.  
Bring items to the collection boxes located in the Gathering Space and at the School entrance from Saturday, Nov 10 through Monday, Dec 10.

 
SHARING & CARING HANDS
Sharing & Caring Hands serves the needs of the poor and homeless in Minneapolis.  We can support their work during the holiday season by donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children of all ages. There is a particular need for gifts appropriate to teenagers (sports equipment, purses, personal electronics, hand-held games, board games, and gift certificates to popular retailers, etc.)

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE — 
Bring items to the collection boxes located in the Gathering Space and at the School entrance from
Saturday, November 10 through Monday, December 10.
 
 
Questions can be directed to Deacon Jim Marschall
952.985.9983 / jmarschall@allsaintschurch.com

 

Armful of Love

PROJECT PREPARATIONS
 
MANY HANDS NEEDED!

WED., NOV. 7
5:30 - 9:00PM
&
SUN., DEC. 2
AFTER THE 5:30PM MASS

BOTH IN THE GATHERING SPACE.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE!
(THOSE WHO ARE YOUNGER NEED TO BE ONE-ON-ONE WITH AN ADULT.)