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Advent / Christmas Giving Opportunities

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Please join Catholic Charities Maine in providing a little joy for children and families in need. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Corpus Christi Parish's "Jolly Gifts" display at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville, and St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street in Winslow. Gift suggestions include board games, dolls, action figures, arts and crafts, and sports items. Your gift will be collected and distributed by a Catholic Charities staff member to area families, who have been referred to Catholic Charities Maine or other community partners.

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

Good Shepherd Parish is supporting the 2019 “Northern York County Toys for Tots Campaign” for children from families in need. There will be a toy collection box placed in all of the parish’s churches through Sunday, December 15.  People are asked to bring in new, unwrapped toys.  Items are especially requested for teens.  Suggestions include sporting goods, makeup, jewelry, watches, crafts, educational games, cameras. LEGO sets, headphones, hair accessories, movies and born games.  For newborns and infants, crib mobiles, Johnny jump-ups, and educational toys are requested.

If you know someone who would benefit from the program, applications can be made online at www.toysfortots.org.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn

Join Catholic Charities Maine in providing a little joy to local children and families in need.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift to Immaculate Heart of Mary's "Jolly Gifts" displays at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place in Auburn, and St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road in Auburn.

Gift suggestions include board games, dolls, action figures, arts and crafts activities for older children, sports items, etc.  Gifts will be collected through December 15 and then distributed by Catholic Charities Maine. 

FMI: Deacon Denis Mailhot at denis.mailhot@portlanddiocese.org.

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska

Parishioners are preparing Christmas baskets. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please do so by bringing it to the Notre Dame office, 309 St. Thomas Street, Suite 103 in Madawaska.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham

A toy box will be located in the narthex of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail in Windham, for donations to the Joy of Sharing Campaign.  The Knights of Columbus are collecting toys for the campaign in honor of Elias Wezowicz, a young man from the parish who died in November 2015. Despite the many challenges he faced, when asked what he wanted for Christmas, Elias told his dad, “I really just wish Santa would bring toys to all kids that don’t have any.”  With your help, the Knights are striving to make Ellas’ wish come true.

Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha

There will be a Giving Tree in the churches of Our Lady of the Valley Parish -- St. Agatha in St. Agatha, St. Luce in Frenchville, and St. Joseph in Sinclair -- beginning the first weekend of Advent.  The parish asks that parishioners purchase a gift card of their choice to help members of the parish who need financial assistance this Christmas.

Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou

The Parish Social Justice and Peace Committee will be creating Christmas baskets. Needed are canned vegetables, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, boxed cereal, saltine crackers, canned soup, pasta, spaghetti sauce, pie filling, pie crust mix, baked beans, tuna fish, and canned fruit. Items can be dropped off at the front of Holy Rosary Church or brought downstairs in the church hall at Holy Rosary Church, 32 Vaughn Street in Caribou.  FYI: Kim Rohn at 207-551-2009 or Mary Green at 207-227-4882.

St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth

A giving tree to help area organizations support families in need will be set up at each of the Cluster 22 parishes.  Parishioner are invited to take a tag or two from one of the trees and fill the request on it.  Gifts from the tree at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth, will go towards families being helped by the Morrison Center, the town of Cape Elizabeth, My Sister’s Keeper, and Cape Elizabeth Schools. Items should be returned by December 15.

St. John and Holy Cross Parish, South Portland

A giving tree to help area organizations support families in need will be set up at each of the Cluster 22 parishes.  Parishioner are invited to take a tag or two from one of the trees and fill the request on it.  Gifts from the tree at the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland will go to the Long Cree Youth Development Center, the Preble Street Teen Center, St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center.  Items should be returned by December 8.

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent

Pick up a snowflake from one of the Giving Trees at the churches of St. John Vianney Parish: St. Charles Borromeo in St. Francis, St. Joseph in Wallagrass, St. Louis in Fort Kent, or St. Mary in Eagle Lake.  Cash snowflakes are available in various amounts.  You'll find further instruction at each location.  

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough

A giving tree to help area organizations support families in need will be set up at each of the Cluster 22 parishes.  Parishioner are invited to take a tag or two from one of the trees and fill the request on it.  Gifts from the tree at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough, will go to those served by Project GRACE. Items should be returned by December 15.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor

Each of St. Paul the Apostle Parish's six churches have a Giving Tree to provide gifts to children in economic need. Stop by St. Gabriel Church, 435 S. Main Street in Winterport; St. John Church, 217 York Street in Bangor; St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street in Brewer; St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street in Bangor; St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue in Hampden; or St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street in Brewer to pick up a tag off a tree and fulfill a child's wish.