We contacted a particularly poor family (single mom with five children) about being potentially “adopted” for Christmas. We asked what the family would like, and the first thing the Mom said was “coats” (instead of toys, or popular gifts). Also, she wasn’t sure what shoe sizes were needed (”…haven’t had any new shoes”). Situations like this are very sad, but on the positive side, it is amazing to see the outpouring of generosity from parishioners at Blessed Sacrament “the Giving Parish” helping many people like this family, not only at Christmas but throughout the year. As the single Mom said, “thank you soooo much for blessing me and my family…we all thank you and all who have helped us to have a blessed holiday, you are very much appreciated and in our prayers, God bless”.
Our Giving Tree is located in the west entrance of the church again this year. We were hoping that our Giving Tree would include more elderly, but due to both contacts being new at our locations, they weren’t able to give us details in time for their Christmas parties. We will replenish the tree with ornaments/recipients until we run out. If you do choose an ornament, please have the present purchased and returned to the parish office by the date specified on the ornament. You may wrap the present if you wish, but PLEASE tape the ornament on the package so we know what item is wrapped.
Thanks for everyone who donated to our annual Thanksgiving collection this year! We appreciate all the first time donors, as well as those benefactors who have supported the poor for many years. And if you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, it isn’t too late. Checks can be written to Blessed Sacrament, with a notation “St. Vincent de Paul” in the memo line, allowing the donation to be added to your tithing record.
Junior St. Vincent de Paul is hosting the monthly homeless luncheon, on 12/17 and will be serving food to 150-200 homeless and extremely poor Wichitans.
The food of the month for the Weekend Kids’ Food Program is canned soup (microwaveable cans are convenient for the kids).