Christmas Gifts for Families in Need
Assists with the organization of gifts to meet the needs of families from the St. John/ St. Ann parish in Albany and in the Clifton Park area to ensure that everyone receives a gift for the holidays.
In 2014 we helped 132 families in Clifton Park, Albany, Mechanicville and Saratoga.
2014 Organization of the Gifts for Families in Need
Christmas Gifts for the Elderly
The parishioners of St. Edwards remember the elderly of Saratoga County at Christmas. Assistance is needed during November and December to arrange for the implementation of securing individual gifts donated by parishioners and then to wrap the gifts for giving. This ministry involves about 4 weeks of planning prior to Christmas. Names are solicited from Social Services, Catholic Charities and the Office for the Aging in October. During the last 2 weeks of November a date is chosen for sign ups. At each mass parishioners can select a gift that they wish to purchase for an individual and then return it unwrapped within 2 weeks. Another date is then selected to meet at church to wrap and sort the gifts. The organizations are notified to come pick them up at St. Edward’s for distribution.
Each year we receive about 200 requests!
Contact: Cathy Lawrence @ 652-2180 or Nancy Marsh @ 383-3244 for more information.