- Take a tag from the Christmas basket in the church: November 28/29
- Shop for a brand-new, age-appropriate gift for a boy or girl.*
- Return an unwrapped gift: December 5/6 & December 12/13
* For teens ages 13-18, consider gift cards to allow them to purchase what they need. Please give a thoughtful gift or gift card that is purchased new. (Do not give partially used cards.)
Please do not wrap your gifts. You may leave unwrapped gifts in the church at the St. Joseph altar, before the start of Sunday Mass. If you need to drop off gifts during hours the church is closed, you may bring them to the rectory. Gift cards can be put in an envelope clearly marked “Giving Tree Gift” and left in the rectory mailbox. (We ask everyone not to leave gifts in the church vestibule because we are afraid they’ll get stolen.) When returning gifts, remember to attach the original gift tag.
No tag, no problem!
If you were unable to come to church to take a tag or if all tags are already taken, that’s OK—you can still participate in our Christmas Giving Tree! In fact, we encourage you to simply buy a gift for a child or youth and bring it, unwrapped, to the rectory by the deadline of December 13 and following the directions above. Our goal is to collect as many gifts as possible for boys and girls before December 14, which is when Catholic Charities of Brooklyn/Queens will pick them up to deliver in time for Christmas.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity in bringing a happy Christmas to families in our diocese who are having difficulties making ends meet.