Jesse Tree Update
What can we say that we haven’t said time and time again. Your generosity has once again overwhelmed us. We had 120 tags on the Jesse Tree and about 50 open slots for donations via Sign-up genius. We sorted and attempted to count all the items received. Over 600 items were counted, not including the gift bags for the Samaritas children. Talk about the multiplication of fishes and loaves!
The following is what we delivered:
• St. Aloysius: 300+ hand, toe and body warmers, 36 hats, 35 pairs of gloves, 75 pairs of socks, 2 hoody sweat shirts, 1 scarf and 13 gift cards totaling $500.
• St. Vincent de Paul Justice Initiative Prison Ministry: 20 gift cards totaling $500, six 5X coats, five 4X coats and one 2X coat.
• Pope Francis Center: sweatshirts, pants and hoodies (50), 45 hand, toe and body warmers, and a dozen+ hats.
• Samaritas Children: 8 children will be receiving gift bags filled with their individual wished for items of clothing, toys and electronics.
We most likely delivered more than what is stated here, but we kind of lost count. Anyway, we know that all these organizations will be most grateful for your generous support. We are so proud to be Resurrection’s Christian Service ministry. Our heartfelt thank you! God bless you abundantly this Christmas and in the New Year.
Jesse Tree 2022
It’s that time of year again when requests to fulfill Christmas Wish lists present themselves. Your Christian Service Commission has selected some organizations, basically the same as last year with minor changes. Information on the organizations can be found below.
Thank you so much to all who have taken the tags off the Jesse Tree. Your participation is deeply appreciated.
There are still many tags remaining on the tree or you can also participate via Sign-up Genius by clicking here.
Please remember to return your donations unwrapped and with the tag or the name of the organization indicated to the bins located by the tree by Sunday, Dec. 11th.
A little information about these organizations:
St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services…these are items that could be best utilized by their street ministers to lessen concerns for the homeless, working poor, and seniors in the downtown Detroit area. Please know that each will be distributed to someone on the street or in a nearby apartment.
St Vincent de Paul Justice Initiative Prison Ministry…volunteers reach out with hope to the incarcerated, both while they are inside and once they are released. They minister to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs with mentoring, pastoral services, caring visits, food, clothing and any other form of support that can be provided to enable them in effectively transition into society.
Pope Francis Center…exists to provide meals, supportive services, crisis response and housing assistance to Detroit community members in need, especially those experiencing homelessness. On an average day, the center ministers and serves 200 guests.
Samaritas…assists families experiencing temporary homelessness with emotional and physical support as they transition into permanent housing. Samaritas, in partnership with Delta Dental, is looking to provide those in their care with a great Christmas with the people they love.
We are all experiencing these trying economic times in various ways. These organizations are facing even more than we can imagine…higher operating costs and more individuals/families seeking assistance.
Again, please pray for the St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services, St. Vincent de Paul Justice Initiative Prison Ministry, Pope Francis Center and Samaritas Affordable Living Communities.
In the spirit of Blessed Solanus, we thank God ahead of time for your generosity and wish you the blessings of the season.