We are collecting cash donations in lieu of actual presents. The volunteers for St Peters coordinate with the schools in Monticello & the Wayne county area to collect names of children who would otherwise have no Christmas gifts. Donations that Pax Christi collects are used to purchase gifts from local businesses which will then be delivered to the children so as to avoid any large gathering. The new BEYOND part is any funds that exceed the expenses for the children will then be used by St Peter’s to help with the great need in other areas of family necessities. St Peters does receive donations from people within and outside of their parish and diocese but it has not been enough to cover the additional numbers of needy during the pandemic.
A Bit of History:
In the past 27 years we have collected new clothes and toys for children who would otherwise have no Christmas gifts. Usually we would then have volunteers here at Pax Christi sort presents, travel to Wayne County and have a party for these children. Due to the pandemic, we had to develop a new safer way to provide for these children. You are invited to donate to this Special Giving Tree Fund throughout the month with all donations to be received in the parish office by Noon on Tuesday, November 30 as we will be passing these funds on to St. Peter Parish on December 1 so they have adequate time to shop and wrap the gifts.
How to give:
* Checks are payable to Pax Christi Catholic Church with Giving Tree in the memo.
* Checks can be mailed to Pax Christi—4001 Victoria Way, Lexington KY 40514
* Checks can be placed in the offertory basket
* Checks can be sent directly from your bank/financial institution (we do not have an online giving option available for this program)
Suggested support of one child is $50 (that is $25/clothing; $25/toy), however no amount is too large or too small. We appreciate your participation in this project at any level you are able.
In years past we have provided clothing and toys for anywhere from 150-250 children. This has been our major outreach project since 1994 with truckloads of gifts heading to Monticello in December. This new approach will also be of help to the businesses in Monticello/Wayne County and employees of those businesses.