Giving Tree 2020 – “Hybrid Model”

ST. BRIGID OF KILDARE GIVING TREE PROJECT 2020 – “HYBRID MODEL”

Due to COVID-19 and the challenges we are facing individually and as a parish, we have made changes to the Giving Tree Project to allow parishioners to participate in a safe and hopefully easier manner.  There will not be any trees with paper ornaments this year in the Church’s Gathering Area, but instead all donation opportunities are listed by organization on the Sign-up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094BABAF28A2F85-2020   Please click on the “sign up” tab next to the item you would like to donate – you will receive an email reminding you of your selection and the due date.

If you choose to make a financial donation, click here.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE PROJECT:

There is NOT a collection closet or area anywhere at St. Brigid to collect donations as we have done in the past.  We will have a “drive-by collection” in front of St. Brigid School on Saturday, 12/5 from 4-6pm and Sunday, 12/6 from 8:30-2:00 for all donations.  You are able to make financial donations directly online through the parish website – click on the “donate” tab along the top of the website on the right side – when you make the one-time donation, click on the “other” tab & you can indicate the name of the organization to receive your donation. You may also mail or drop off checks and gift cards to the parish office at any time. Please indicate on the check & envelope the name of the organization to receive your donation.  All checks are to be payable to St. Brigid of Kildare.  ***NO non-cash gifts may be left in the parish office, church, or anywhere else at St. Brigid.  If you have a conflict with the drop-off dates, please contact Lisa Redd at 614-286-5561 to make other arrangements.  All gift donations, whether financial or actual gift items, must be received by the deadline of Sunday, 12/6.

This year we are collecting gifts for the following organizations:

KENTUCKY MISSION:  The Kentucky Mission is located in Booneville, Ky in a rural area of high unemployment and low incomes.  The Sisters minister to the needs of the local residents and are requesting cash donations for emergency needs.  Please make monetary donations payable to St. Brigid of Kildare.

VINCENT FAMILY CENTER: A family service organization located on the East side of Columbus that provides prevention, intervention, and mental health treatment services to children 2-18 years of age and their families. Toys and clothing items are requested by the children.

HEINZERLING:  Located on the West side of Columbus, the Heinzerling Foundation serves a community of non-ambulatory residents with severe or profound mental retardation and multiple disabilities.  The residents range in age from infancy to mature adults.  They have provided us with a wish list of items for their residents including toys, games, personal care items, etc.

STEPHEN’S COMMUNITY HOUSE: St. Stephen’s serves residents in the Greater Linden Community. They provide many kinds of services including elderly programs, youth programs, day care, and emergency needs, and a food pantry.  This year we are collecting monetary donations & Kroger gift cards for their food pantry program.

BRIGID OF KILDARE EMERGENCY FUND: St. Brigid Parish often receives requests to help families with financial needs such as rent assistance, medical care, car repairs, transportation, etc. Small grants of money help those who are facing a financial crisis.  Please make checks for this donation payable to St. Brigid of Kildare.

LAWRENCE HAVEN: Volunteers from parishes throughout the diocese make sandwiches and serve hot meals to about 250 people each day at St. Lawrence Haven, which is operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Toy donations are requested for the children supported by this organization.

GLADDEN COMMUNITY HOUSE:  Gladden Community House is located in Franklinton on the near West side of Columbus.  Neighborhood-based services such as education and recreation programs, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for individuals, families, and groups are provided.  Toy donations are requested for the children who are served by their programs.

In this time of uncertainty and challenges, the need to bring Christmas cheer and hope to others is more important than ever.  The Giving Tree Project is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant difference in our community.  If you are able, please assist in supporting these organizations.

Please contact Lisa Redd at 614-286-5561 or lisa.redd91@gmail.com if you have any questions.