Social ResponsibilityGiving Tree

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - Sunday, December 15, 2019

Calendar: Social Responsibility

Location: 2025 Stuart Ave Bldg A Baton Rouge LA 70808

Details: GIVING TREE Arline Mistretta smistretta2@cox.net 769-2433 GIVING TREE BOOKLET GIVING TREE BOOKLET Giving Tree boxes are available daily Monday thru Friday 8:00AM-2:30PM Weekend during Mass times Please bring all gifts to Church and place in appropriate box. For many years St. Aloysius Parish Social Responsibility Committee has sponsored the Giving Tree during the Advent season. As our focus turns to Christmas and Christmas shopping, the Giving Tree provides a way for parishioners to help those in need. This year over 600 ornaments have been crafted by St. Aloysius parishioners and students for the ministries represented. Please keep your ornament as a reminder of our parish effort to help those in need. And please use the prayer on the last page of this brochure to pray for those who are less fortunate this holiday season. On Christmas Eve the lights of the Nativity Scene will be illuminated and Baby Jesus will be placed in the manger, becoming a shining symbol to our community of the Christian love that we celebrate. Each ornament is a different symbol that represents a particular ministry or organization. Every ornament is tagged to describe a gift that you may give to help someone in need. Beginning with the 4:30 p.m. mass on Saturday, November 23rd you will be invited to select one of these ornaments from baskets located on tables at the side doors of the church: Ornament Ministry *Angel Prison Fellowship (Children of Prisoners) *Gingerbread children Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Holy Grill Kids Heart Joseph Home Residents Madonna & Child Women in Crisis Pregnancies Poinsettia Myriam’s House Candy Cane Bishop Ott Shelter House Habitat for Humanity Wreath Developmental Disabilities Christmas Tree St. Vincent de Paul – Sweet Dreams Cross Cenikor Bell Southside Gardens Retirement Center and Assisted Living Prayer Card Seminarians *Those who select an Angel ornament to provide a gift for the child of a prisoner must return the gift to the church by Sunday, December 8th to allow enough time for gifts to reach the children by Christmas. *Those who select a Gingerbread Child ornament to provide a gift for the children served by the Holy Grill must return the gift to the church by Sunday, December 8th in order for the gifts to be delivered in time for their Christmas party on December 20th. All other gifts MUST be returned to the church by the 5:30 p.m. mass on Sunday, December 15th. The UNWRAPPED gifts should be placed in the area designated in the decorated boxes for each specific organization located at the back of the church. PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION WHEN YOU RETURN YOUR GIFT THAT YOU PLACE IT IN THE APPROPRIATE BOX FOR YOUR CHOSEN ORGANIZATION. All of the boxes will be removed from the church after the 5:30 p.m. mass so it is most important that you return your gift by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th. There will be over 700 ornaments from which to choose this year. They will represent the following twelve groups who need our help: PRISON FELLOWSHIP (CHILDREN OF PRISONERS) This program, which is nationwide, is sponsored by Prison Fellowship, an ecumenical program to help prisoners in religious services. The ANGEL ornament represents the child of an inmate from a prison. Churches of all denominations are being “angels“ to these children. This program was started to bridge a gap between parents in prison and the children at home. Most of the parents write special greetings to their children on their request forms which are then put on their gift tags. Children are also encouraged to write their parents thank-you notes. We provide the paper and the addressed stamped envelopes to the children. Bible stories and ecumenical religious material are provided by Prison Fellowship to be given to the children and their guardians with the gifts churches provide in the name of the inmate. Instructions and a child’s name with his/her wishes will be at our tables at the side doors of the church. GIFTS MUST BE RETURNED BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th. We ask that you bring your gift UNWRAPPED, but please bring boxes, paper, ribbon and bows since we do need wrapping materials. INTERFAITH FEDERATION OF GBR HOLY GRILL KIDS The Holy Grill is an operation of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. Five days a week, meals are served at the BREC Center at the Zion City Cadillac Street gym. Between 300 to 500 hot meals are served monthly, many of these are to small children and, in the summer, to students through high school age. Also, on Mondays through Thursdays, BREC holds tutoring sessions for Pre-K to Middle School children from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Their Christmas party will be held on Dec.20th at the Cadillac Street gym; already over (80) eighty children have applied to be remembered with a toy and/or clothing. This may be the only gift some children receive. To support the Interfaith Federation and the Holy Grill’s smallest patrons, choose a GINGERBREAD CHILD ornament. Please return your gift UNWRAPPED with the child’s name attached by Sunday, December 8th. We welcome boxes, paper, gift bags and ribbon since we do need wrapping materials. JOSEPH HOMES Joseph Homes is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and provides transitional housing in the form of single dwelling apartments to men recently released from prison. They have recently added more facilities and are now able to accommodate 14 men. Other than $10 they are given when released, these men are typically without funds, friends or family who care about them. Joseph Homes offers their residents a temporary living situation and guidance as they work towards productive and independent living. Household items these men would be grateful to receive this year include: Standard size pillows and pillow cases, TWIN size comforters, towels, alarm clocks, toasters, pots/pans, dishes, drinking glasses, manual can openers and regular laundry detergent. If you would like to contribute to the needs of the Joseph Homes facility, please choose the hand-painted, HEART ornament. Please bring your gift unwrapped. WOMEN IN CRISIS PREGNANCIES Every year St. Aloysius parishioners are extremely generous in helping women and their families who are experiencing crisis pregnancies. We are asking for gifts of: diapers (newborn to size 2), baby formula (Enfamil with iron), diaper bags, baby health kits, $10 Walmart gift cards, onesies or gowns (white, newborn to 3 months), Desitin, baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby powder, receiving blankets, infant socks (size newborn), pacifiers, bibs, diaper wipes, baby outfits (newborn to 6 months), women’s toiletries (body wash, lotion, shampoo). All items will be distributed to clients of the North Baton Rouge Women’s Help Center, Pregnancy Problem Center, Diocesan Sanctuary House, and Women’s New Life Center. Please choose the MADONNA AND CHILD ornament for the babies and their moms. Unwrapped gifts please! God Bless You! MYRIAM’S HOUSE Myriam’s House is a permanent housing program for homeless women with disabilities. St. Vincent de Paul views everyone who comes to us in need as a child of God, and accepts participants from all backgrounds. All funding comes from private donations and grants. It provides housing and services to support women in becoming self-sufficient. According to their needs, these women can remain permanently housed and receive case management, service linkages, counseling and more. Given the opportunity to live in the community with the appropriate supports, these women can be meaningful members of our community. Items requested this year are: Cleaning supplies (sanitizers, disinfectants, deodorizers, glass cleaners, dusting sprays, laundry detergent, buckets, brooms, mops, no bleach please), Kitchen supplies (dishwashing liquid, dishtowels, potholders, cooking utensils, drinkware, cookware, kitchen garbage cans), Bathroom products (shower rods, shower curtains and liners, rugs, hampers, wastebaskets, toilet brushes, plungers), Bedroom supplies (full size comforter sets, full size sheet sets, pillows), Household supplies (irons, full size ironing boards with pads, wall clocks, batteries: size 9-volt, D, AAA, AA), Rain gear (umbrellas, coats, ponchos), Paper products (paper towels, napkins, plates, cups, forks), Garbage bags (tall kitchen, wastebasket sizes) Our ornament is the POINSETTIA. We ask that you bring your gift unwrapped. BISHOP OTT SHELTER Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bishop Ott Shelter is a 26-bed shelter for homeless men established in 1992. Services are geared towards moving homeless men toward independent living on a permanent basis. Services include lodging, three meals, daily shower and laundry, personal hygiene items, health evaluation, prescriptions, clothing, transportation, and counseling and dental services. Required counseling is structured to help the homeless find employment, improve their education, and receive substance abuse treatment from an outside source, along with their many other needs. All services offered by the shelter program are free of charge to those served. Our goal this year is to collect as many of these items as possible: Undershirts, underwear, slippers, socks, rain gear, umbrellas, twin sheets, twin blankets, pillows, pillow cases, bath towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, body powder, foot powder, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shaving cream and disposable razors. The ornament for the Bishop Ott Shelter is the CANDY CANE. We ask that you bring your gift unwrapped. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds and renovates houses in partnership with the community in order to provide opportunities for families in need to purchase their own homes, build community, and improve their lives. Since 1989 Habitat of Baton Rouge has built approximately 365 homes providing over 1200 Baton Rouge residents with a safe, decent and affordable home to call their own. St. Aloysius has been a longtime and valued supporter having provided some sweat equity toward the construction of many of these homes. St. Aloysius has also generously contributed to this ministry since the beginning of the affiliate. The ornament for this ministry is the HOUSE. Your monetary gift to Habitat for Humanity will help deserving families. Please send your checks directly to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, 6554 Florida Boulevard, Suite 200, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Please note “St. Aloysius Giving Tree” in the Memo field on your check. DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES “Developmental Disabilities” is a diagnosis used for a person who needs supports in caring for their home or personal needs, managing money, and/or getting around in the community. This could be a person in the autism spectrum, someone with severe cerebral palsy, or a person with a brain or spinal cord injury. There are many individuals here in Baton Rouge who struggle to live as part of our community. These are adults who live on their own – and children and adults who live with their families. Your support will assist them in staying connected to the community in which they live. We have included these individuals on the Giving Tree – not because they have disabilities – but because many of them who live well below poverty level need the support of their community, and we as a church community should be the first to reach out. We want to show that we value these individuals and their involvement in our community. We support their moving into our community – which is now their community as well – and we want to reach out and include them in the spirit of Christmas. Many face extraordinary costs, such as medical supplies or special dietary needs, while living well below poverty level. They often face the challenge of paying for rent, utilities, and groceries on the sole income of an SSI check that may total $800 per month. Living on such a tight budget, something like a second set of sheets or a warm night gown, is considered a luxury. Let’s support these individuals by helping them cover the basics of everyday life. Help by contributing blankets, pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels, hot pot holders, umbrellas, lotion, powder, tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, nail file & nail polish, nail polish remover & cotton balls, groceries, dishwashing liquid, clothes detergent, other cleaning supplies… or any of the items listed on the back of each WREATH ornament. We ask that you bring your gift unwrapped. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – SWEET DREAMS The St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams Shelter for women and children has served the Baton Rouge area since 2001. This year the facility has been expanded from 36 beds to 82 beds and is now able to accommodate intact families. The shelter provides warm beds, nourishing meals, a safe haven and the time needed for the adults to get back on their feet so they can take care of themselves and their families. When you choose a CHRISTMAS TREE ornament, your donations will help by providing items the homeless women and children need when they arrive at the shelter. This year our goal is to collect as many of the following items as possible: Size Med.-3X Robes, Jogging Suits/Sweats, Gowns, Pajamas, Jackets, Sweater's/Pullover Fleece, Underwear, Slippers, Socks, Shoes (Keds/similar & Walking shoes), Shower Shoes/Flip Flops, Children's Pajamas, Children's Underwear, Baby/Children's Clothing, Baby Lotion, Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, Pacifiers, Baby Teething Toys, Baby/Children's Soap, Shampoo, Diapers & Wipes, Children's Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Bibs, Baby Towels, Washcloths, Strollers. We ask that you bring your gift unwrapped. CENIKOR Cenikor is one of America’s most successful long-term treatment facilities. There is a Cenikor facility not far from St. Aloysius. Most clients come to Cenikor as indigent men and women and Cenikor provides treatment at no cost. 99% of the residents are from Louisiana and many from the Baton Rouge area. Cenikor is in need of Christmas gifts for their residents. It is important to Cenikor that amidst the work of recovery, they make the holidays as warm and memorable as possible. Cenikor has approximately 200 clients this season that have a need for the following items: For men: thermal undergarments (sizes M – 4XL), heavy work socks, work gloves, work beanie caps, ties, dress shirts (sizes M – 4XL), dress shoes (sizes 7 – 13) For women: curling irons and hair dryers, thick leggings (sizes S – 4XL), slippers, scarves, knit hats, pajamas, dress clothes (sizes 6 – 22) For men and women: alarm clocks, small bedside reading lamps, twin size comforters and blankets, inexpensive watches, clothes hangers, tennis shoes (sizes 6 – 13), hoodies, sweaters and jackets (sizes M – 4XL), socks, underwear (sizes M – 3XL) When you choose the CROSS ornament, you will help provide items that are necessary for these residents. Please bring your gift unwrapped. SOUTHSIDE GARDENS RETIREMENT CENTER AND ASSISTED LIVING Southside Gardens is a residential community that has been serving South Baton Rouge’s senior citizens for over 30 years. Southside provides independent living in the form of charming garden home apartments and also offers an assisted living community providing compassionate care for seniors who need assistance with daily living activities. The center is located in close proximity to St. Aloysius and many of their residents are members of our parish. Any of the following items will warm the hearts of our seniors this holiday season: word search books (large print), coloring books (with larger details), crayons, puzzles with large pieces, nail polish, nail files, nail polish remover, socks with gripper bottoms (for both men and women), handkerchiefs (for both men and women) and Kleenex. If you would like to contribute to their needs, please choose the crochet BELL ornament. Please bring your gift unwrapped. We appreciate your kindness. SEMINARIANS A seminarian is a man who is discerning the Lord’s call to the priesthood. By virtue of his baptism, he is a member of the priesthood of all believers but the seminarian hears the Lord calling him to a fuller participation in this priesthood by becoming an ordained priest of Jesus Christ. Open to this call, he spends his seminary years prayerfully discerning God’s will for his life. Our Diocese has 16 very special seminarians at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph Seminary College (St. Ben's) near Covington. Let's show our appreciation to them for their "Yes" to the call to the Priesthood with gift cards to help with their incidental (but essential) expenses and occasional "eating out" times. If you would like to support our seminarians, please choose a PRAYER CARD and purchase one or more of the gift cards listed on the tag (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target, CC’s, or Chick fil A). And remember to pray for them every day! Please deliver gift cards unwrapped and CLEARLY MARKED with the dollar value of the card. Giving Tree Prayer Generous Lord, it is we who have been gifted by this opportunity to serve. We are grateful that we have been allowed to represent the community, the larger Church and You in the work we have done. Make us increasingly mindful of all who are in need. May we seek to serve the poor and their needs of both body and spirit, with natural, humble and holy service. Make us more and more mindful of our own poverty and need of You. May this work that we have just performed be a true prayer to You. May our service ever give You glory and honor. May those whom we serve know that you are with them in their joys and sorrows. May they see You in our service to them and come to know Your love and compassion. We ask this through Jesus Christ,our Lord and Healer.