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The Giving Tree for Needy Children
Each December, a Christmas Giving Tree appears at the entrance to St Irene's church. The tree branches carry small rectangular note cards identifying a Christmas gift that can make a difference in a local family. The notes specify what a local family needs, as opposed to the more common what a family wants for Christmas. A typical note might simply state: "Warm pajamas for a four-year old boy named Joseph. Size ..."
Parishioners take one or more notes from the tree, and provide the requested clothing in time for Christmas delivery by a local charity. We are a very fortunate parish because many of our families can focus on what our children want for Christmas, versus the bare essentials of what our children need for survival.