The Advent Giving Tree project has been going on at St. John for more than 20 years. Our parishioners have provided the joy of Christmas to thousands of people who otherwise would have nothing at Christmas. Every year, parishioners choose a gift suggestion card during the first weekend of Advent, then return the wrapped gift, with the card attached to the outside, to the narthex of the church by the published date. The gifts are then sorted, bagged, and delivered to needy organizations in Baltimore City.
In mid-December, volunteers are needed to divide the gifts into families, check to make sure each person has a gift, and bag up the gifts – labeling them with the family code. The next morning, the bags are loaded onto a truck and delivered downtown. About 15 volunteers are needed for approximately 4 hours.
What a wonderful way to help the needy and get into the Christmas spirit!