December 14, 2010
You know it's really Christmas at Saint Anthony's when they put out the giving tree. Every year the giving tree, covered from top to bottom with papers, tells the story of a child who needs help at Christmas. Recently, I spoke with Father Andrew about the tree and its meaning. “The giving tree is a great opportunity for us to give to the less fortunate and it’s a special way for us to give to others since you can read about the people you are helping,” said Father Andrew.
Economic times are quite bad this year, however, Father Andrew said that less people have applied for the giving tree than other years. There are still many people who cannot get their children anything for Christmas. Father said, “Every child should get a gift at Christmas. It is important for us to help others and the giving tree is a good opportunity to do that. As Catholics we should listen to the words of Matthew 26 and give to those less fortunate.”
“So far we have a great response for the giving tree; we as a parish are helping with outreach to those families in need,” commented Father Andrew. We can help provide gifts for children so they have something to open on Christmas morning. All children love to open gifts and it means a lot to them that someone took the time to help.
“Christmastime is when Christ gave himself to us at Bethlehem,” said Father Semler. Wouldn’t it be great if we could show him how much we appreciate his gift by making a gift to one of His children?