Virtual Christmas Giving Tree
This year, Old St. Mary’s will be celebrating with a virtual Christmas tree. While there are some clothing and miscellaneous items that are needed, most of the charitable organizations that we work with are requesting gift cards this year.
To facilitate our response to those requests we established gift registries at both Target and Walmart. With those registries you are able to purchase gift cards or the other items requested and have them sent directly to the parish office.
In addition to the registries, donations can be made to the Giving Tree fund through Give Central. You may also mail a donation to the parish office or drop off your donation. Mark the envelope Attention Dawn Burns. Please make your check or money order payable to Old St. Mary’s and indicate that it is for the Giving Tree on the memo line.
The Social Justice Committee has provided the brief descriptions below of the charitable organizations that will be the beneficiaries of your donations. We thank you in advance for your support in helping us extend a helping hand to these organizations during the Christmas season!
Zacchaeus House is a not-for-profit, non-treatment home for men, providing a safe, supportive and spiritual home to those in transition and in need of healing and God’s grace and mercy. They emphasize spiritual development and acceptance of the fundamental dignity and self-respect of all people. Zacchaeus House is run by the Black Catholic Initiative at the Archdiocese of Chicago and is self-funded by donations only. The Old St. Mary’s community has been helping Zacchaeus House for over 10 years with Christmas gifts and monetary funding.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows is a Catholic parish in the East Garfield neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Its outreach program has been feeding and clothing the homeless and poor of the community since the great depression! During the holiday season they provide food and toys to over 400 families. The church has numerous family and friends from Old St. Mary’s that have been helping out for years by volunteering, donating coats, hats and gloves, and monetary funding.
For over 70 years, Envision Unlimited has served people with disabilities across all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Today, their wide array of home and community-based programs benefit over 2,000 individuals across the state of llinois. Envision provides day programs, community living services, employment services, a foster care program, and mental health services.
Kolbe House provides an in-jail, family, and re-entry ministries as well as a restorative justice. Priest, religious and lay volunteers from across the Archdiocese visit Cook and Lake County jails to provide prayer and communion services and one-on-one pastoral ministry. Kolbe House also provides pastoral accompaniment for families with a loved one in jail, and emergency assistance when necessary, and resources like public aid, counseling, and community support. Just two blocks from Cook County jail, their location allows them to meet immediate needs of individuals when they are released, including food, CTA passes, clothing, and connections with housing and other support.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly has been dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among Chicago’s elders since 1959. Women and men 70 and older who are aging alone have a family in Little Brothers. For 60 years now, they’ve been providing steadfast friendship to thousands of elders who no longer have friends and family to rely on. All of our their programs and services are always offered at no cost, and they do not receive any government assistance. Little Brothers depends on the generosity of donors to bring conversation, companionship, celebration and connection to the elders they serve.