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Advent Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is an annual charity drive to provide Christmas gifts to the less fortunate.  It provides an opportunity for parish members to witness their faith by being the "light of Christ" through caring for those in need at Christmas.  It raises awareness of the range and diversity of needs facing people within our parish as well as the greater Detroit area and provides information to encourage parish members to pray for and support organizations serving those in need throughout the year.  The Giving Tree is displayed in the church a couple weekends before Thanksgiving.  Paper ornaments, with detailed information concerning the gift to be purchased, are hung from the tree.  The parishioners take an ornament from the tree and return a gift to the church with the tag attached.  The commiittee collects, separates, wraps with volunteer assistance, and distributes the gifts to the selected charities.


And Jesus replied:  "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."  Matthew 25:37-40

St. Vincent de Paul - St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Green Trees)
Serves families in need within our parish boundaries throughout the year, assisting with emergency needs for food, utilities, transportation and shelter.  Also provides Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for over 40 families, and Christmas gifts for children in need.

Mary's Children Family Center of Michigan (Blue Bells)
Provides a structured day program for persons overcoming brain injuries.  The goal is to improve functional independence and enhance quality of life through academic, recreational and social activities in a Christ-oriented environment.

St. Aloysius Detroit Neighborhood Services "Street Ministry" (Red Bells)
Serves the homeless, working poor and seniors in downtown Detroit through "street ministers" taking needed clothing and food directly to those living on the streets or in low income housing.

St. Vincent de Paul Justice Initiative: Archdiocese of Detroit (Blue Stars)
Provides chaplains for Catholic inmates; assistance to recently paroled men and women with needs such as food, clothing, utilities, and bus tickets; and support to families of inmates.

St. Leo Soup Kitchen (Yellow Stars)
Served the homeless and hungry of downtown Detroit with meals, showers, and clothing.  St. Jane's Soup Kitchen Ministry provides meals and volunteers at St. Leo's throughout the year.

Turning Point Shelter, Macomb (Orange Candles)
Provides programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to regain control of their lives including:  crisis line, emergency shelter, counseling and court advocacy, support groups, community education, youth and family programs.

McWARM Warning/Rescue Mission (Red Candles)
The McWARM center provides a breakfast and a place for homeless people in Macomb county to warm up and have some social connecting.  Guests are also given a sack lunch and have access to a clothing closet, food pantry and haircut services, all provided by volunteers.

They were overjoyed at seeing the star."
Many people in need were "overjoyed" by receiving the generosity of the St. Jane Frances community in supporting the Christmas Giving Tree this year!  With your help we were able to provide:

  • Nearly 160 gifts of clothing and toys to 41 children in need within our parish boundaries
  • 250 items (hats, gloves and packages of hand warmers) to St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services assisting the homeless and elderly in Detroit
  • 30 - $15 gift cards to Mary's Children Family Center serving persons overcoming brain injuries
  • 210 items (sweatshirts/packages of hand warmers) to St. Leo's for distribution to the homeless in Detroit
  • 80 - $10 gift cards to St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Justice Initiative assisting recently paroled inmates and their families
  • 115 sets of pajamas to Turning Point serving victims and survivors of domestic abuse
  • 110 items (thermal underwear, gloves, socks) to McWARM Warming and Rescue Mission providing a meal and warming center for the homeless in Macomb County
  • Nearly $1700 in cash donations to St. Jane's St. Vincent de Paul Society to support families in need within our parish boundaries in the coming year.

A special thanks to our SJF Needlecrafters who provided over 200 hand knit items (hats and scarves) which were given to several of the agencies above.

These organizations and our Giving Tree Volunteer Team thank all of you for being the "light of Christ" to the "least among us" this Christmas and throughout the year!


Debbie Mazur

Christian Service & Adult Formation Coordinator 

(586) 977-8080, ext. 107
email:  dmazur@sjfparish.org