Together, we can put a gift under the Christmas tree

Categories: Feature, Giving

For most children, Dec. 25 is the one day of the year they are happy and willing to jump out of bed before the crack of dawn. Many adults have fond memories of waking up Christmas morning to discover a gift under the tree.

Unfortunately, there are families in the Washington and Maryland area who don’t have these Christmas blessings. For many families in the area, there is no guarantee of a hot meal or a warm place to sleep, let alone gifts under a tree.

Parents from all walks of life work tirelessly to ensure that their family’s Christmas tree is on Santa’s gift route. But when they can’t, Catholic Charities’ Angel Tree program helps them place gifts under the Christmas tree. Angel Tree has been brightening the Christmases of children in need over 50 years.

This year, the Angel Tree program is working with 20 Catholic Charities DC programs from across DC and the surrounding five Maryland counties—Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St, Mary’s counties — to provide over 800 children in 370 families with gifts this holiday season. All made possible by generous donors like you.

Donations are being accepted until Dec. 13.  Volunteers are needed to accept and organize gifts and help with gift pick up.

To learn how you can donate and or volunteer this holiday season, please visit

Angel Tree program is just one of the many ways Catholic Charities serves the community. It delivers lifesaving programs and services to individuals and families year-round through 58 programs in 36 locations in Washington DC and southern Maryland.

Catholic Charities serves those most in need regardless of social, economic, or religious background. Offering legal services, food assistance, health care, housing and shelter programs, immigrant and refugee services, job training, emergency help, and much more, Catholic Charities has been serving those most vulnerable in the community for more than 80 years.