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Christmas Angel Project

It all began in 1988………


It’s hard to believe it’s been 33 Christmas’s of giving. Fr. Ken White proposed a Sharing Tree to help the people in need with gifts at Christmas in our parish community. In 1988 our parish was one of the only church’s in the North Hills area embarking on this type of outreach. Fr. White enlisted the help of our chapter of St. Vincent DePaul and Ladies of Charity.


And so it began…the first “White Christmas”


With the reassignment of Fr. White other church members have taken over the mission.  We’ve seen the mission grow into giving as many as 2000 gifts per year to those in need. Since it’s conception the people of Assumption have been the face of Jesus to over 60,000 people through these many years.


This year we will be distributing Angels on Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th. We will have baskets filled with “Angels” located at each entrance of the church.  Each Angel is coded with information that tells us to whom the gift is to go. Some Angels may contain gift suggestions or wishes. Please remember that these are only suggestions. Any appropriate gift at any price will be appreciated.  If you prefer, you may choose to take an envelope for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s ongoing work among those in need from our community. 

We will be asking for gifts to be returned on the weekend of December 4th & 5th.  At that point we will need many helping hands to sort, bag and deliver the gifts.

A few general suggestions……

  • Your gift will be handled by many different people during the sorting process, so make sure you use sturdy gift wrap and tape it securely.

  • If your gift is very fragile, pack it the way you would for mailing.

  • Please NO plants, fruit or cheese or food that will spoil.

  • Gift cards are great-one size fits all. Consider a gift card to a local restaurant or store. (Remember local gift cards are always available in the rectory)

  • If the angel tag does not list any gift suggestions, that means we don’t have that information available. In that case, use your imagination! Recipients will feel good just knowing that you care and that you took time out of your busy schedule to make their Christmas merrier.

  • We DO need the Angel tag attached to the gift. We will replace the Angel tags with Christmas cards before delivery, so try not to use so much tape that removing the Angel will tear the package. You may punch a hole in the Angel and tie the Angel with a ribbon to the handle of the gift bag if that helps

  • Finally, consider becoming a Christmas “Elf” and helping with the gift sorting and delivery. 

  • We will be sorting gifts immediately following the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, December 5th.  

Being a “Christmas Angel” is a wonderful way to share Christmas joy with a special brother or sister. God bless your generosity!

Questions? Please contact Linda: (412) 443-5841 or Mary in the parish office: (412)766-6660