giving treeEvery year our parish takes part in a Giving Tree.  Mittens are placed on the tree listing the gift needs and wants for people who are being helped by various organizations (The St. Vincent de Paul Society, which provides help to people in need in our own area; Options and Advocacy, an agency providing services for developmentally and physically disabled individuals as well as the mentally challenged; Turning Point which provides services to victims of violence and abuse; Home of the Sparrow which provides services for homeless families and Grafton Township which helps people in need in our own area).  You are invited to choose one or more mittens, purchase the gift, wrap the gift placing the mitten securely on top of the package and then return the gift to the parish before the specified deadline.  For more information or to sign up to help, contact the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at (224) 569-2100.