With Angel Tree, Christmas is Not Canceled for Kids in Need

Categories: Community Outreach, Feature, Giving

Imagine receiving a thank you note that says, “Your actions of kindness warm our spirits and souls.”

A local family who received Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program last year sent those words of thanks to the Catholic Charities community. “Your gifts are a true blessing to me and my family,” wrote the mother.

As her words illustrate, Angel Tree, a special Christmas tradition at Catholic Charities, is a vital resource for struggling families during the holidays. Last year alone, the program provided gifts for almost 1,000 children.

While the current health crisis is changing our beloved tradition this year, we remain committed – with your help – to ensuring more than 1,600 children across the area have a merry Christmas. This year’s drive is especially critical because the pandemic has left so many families in need.

Instead of buying gifts, this year’s Angels are being asked to contribute cash donations, which will be used to provide gift cards so families can purchase presents for their children.

Angels may still sponsor individual families, or they have the option to make a general donation to our Angel Tree Fund, which will provide gift cards for children of unsponsored families.

We recommend contributing a $35 donation for each child in a family. The deadline to provide Christmas for a needy child is Dec. 12.

“It feels good that there are still nice people in the world who care for other people,” the mother of a son who received a gift last year told us. “I am so grateful, and I am hoping you can help again this year.”