2016 Christmas Basket Project
Coordinated and made possible by
our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society
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The St. Austin Christmas Basket Project, an Advent tradition in our parish, ministers to more than 180 households each year by providing food and gifts for Christmas. Here are ways YOU can get involved!
Bag it up!
Pick up a paper grocery bag when you’re at Mass the next two weekends, November 12-13 & 19-20. Attached to the bag is a list of non-perishable food items* needed for baskets. Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a few of these items! Bring your filled bag to Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday, November 23 at 6 p.m. or return to the parish office no later than December 15.
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Be an elf!
On December 3 and 4 the Ron Gibson Memorial Giving Tree will be displayed during our annual Holiday Fair. Once you have chosen a name, play "elf" by choosing a gift (value $30-40) for this person. Entire families can be “adopted,” but the final date to do so is November 28. Contact Huddie Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an entire family.
Pick a card.
The Christmas Basket Project relies heavily on donations of $10 H-E-B gift cards to purchase turkeys for each family’s Christmas meal. Please bring gift cards to the parish office by December 15.
Go on a quest.
Delivery day is made easy for drivers with maps and directions. If you enjoy doing research and prefer to work from home, making maps is a perfect way to get involved.
Sock it to us.
Stocking stuffers such as crayons, markers, small games/toys, stationery, mittens, socks, underwear and coloring books are included in the baskets. Next time you’re out shopping, pick up some little extras and bring them to the parish office by December 15.
Fire up the Oven.
A loaf of homemade bread gives our baskets a special touch. If you love to bake, consider baking a batch or two of your favorite recipe (pumpkin, banana, etc.). 120 small loaves and 70 large loaves are needed in total. Baked goods need to be dropped off at the parish office by Friday, December 16.
Wrap it up!
Love to wrap? Enjoy sorting and organizing? Join us on Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m. in Hecker Hall for Assembly Night. It’s a festive evening of sorting and organizing food, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets, community style. Wrappers must be 13 yrs old and older.
On Saturday, December 17, at 8:30 a.m. pull into the back alley of the church, fill up your car with “baskets” and enjoy a morning of helping deliver food, gifts and holiday cheer to our adopted families.