The annual St. Michael Jesse Tree Project provides Christmas gifts to children in need throughout our community. Jesse Trees will be stocked with ornaments to make a child’s Christmas brighter!
There are many ways you can use your time, talent or treasure to make this project another big success. Questions? Email JesseTree@StMichaelCary.org or call MaryAnn Shea 919-522-0256 or Cindy Rowe 919-622-2295.
Register your Ornament in case of loss
We are suggesting and offering that you “register your ornament with us. Email us at JesseTree@StMichaelCary.org and include the Agency # and Family ID # from your chosen ornament. If for some reason you lose your ornament, we will be able to tell you what gift needs to be purchased. In addition, we will send you an email reminder for the deadline date to return your gift(s). Deadline to return gifts is Sunday, December 8th.
Saturday, November 9th – 10AM to 12 NOON - Ornament Preparation – Multi-purpose Room
Volunteers will write gift requests on pre-prepared ornaments which will then be placed on the trees for parishioners to fulfill these Christmas wishes. You must be 16 years or older to help. Meet in the Multi-Purpose room located on the 2nd floor in the Trinity Center.
Sign up today! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82DA3FE3-ornament
Questions: Contact Donna Place - firstname.lastname@example.org - 919-462-0626
Saturday, December 14th – Sorting, Shopping and Wrapping Gifts – Parish Center
Sorting – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Shopping – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Wrapping – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 15th – Distribution of Gifts – Parish Center
Distribution – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Greeters and translators are needed.
Volunteer for Saturday, December 14th or Sunday, December 15th by contacting MaryAnn Shea or Cindy Rowe or use SignUpGenius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82DA3FE3-saturday.
Sorters are responsible for sorting the gifts. Gifts are then bagged according to family and agency. A list is made of any missing gifts which will then be moved to the shopping list.
Shoppers will report to the parish center. They will be given a list of missing gifts to be purchased. Gift cards may or may not be supplied depending on availability. Please be prepared to purchase gifts with your own funds. Reimbursement forms will be supplied. Fill out the form upon your return from shopping along with your receipts. We will submit the form on your behalf. The parish will mail out reimbursement checks within 10 working days.
Wrappers wrap the gifts returned to the parish center by the shoppers. They are responsible for wrapping the gift, writing a new ornament with the child’s information, attaching the ornament to the gift, and taking the gift to the appropriate agency table. They also wrap and label “extra” gifts, as well as fix wrapping for any other gift.
Greeters will assist the agencies with picking up their gifts. They will guide agencies where to go and will assist individual families with picking up their gifts. Primary responsibility is to make sure all agencies (and families) “sign-out” after receiving their gifts.
Translators will assist the greeter when the Hispanic community comes to pick up their gifts. They will get the recipients’ names and make sure the gifts are given to the correct family. They will also ensure that the recipients “sign-out” after receiving their gifts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child receive Service Hour Credits for volunteering?
Yes! Just bring a form with you when you volunteer and we will be happy to sign it. If you need something else, just let us know and we will do whatever you need to ensure your child receives credit for his/her service.
How old does my child need to be in order to volunteer?
Teenagers are welcome to volunteer without an adult present. Younger children may help with adult accompaniment.
How much money should I spend on the gift?
We ask that you spend no more than $40 per gift. If you would like to spend more, we would ask that you take another ornament instead of spending above the designated amount. Some families have more than one child and different donors will buy a gift for each child. As you can imagine, there could be a disparity in the gifts depending on each donor and we do not want children within the same family receiving way more than another. We appreciate your generosity, but would ask instead that if your budget allows you to spend more than $40, that you would consider taking more than one ornament. Spread the good fortune!
What should I do if I cannot find the exact gift that the child is requesting?
Your efforts are appreciated. We ask that you find a reasonable substitute within the suggested dollar range.
What if I lose or misplace my ornament?
We are suggesting and offering that you “register your ornament with us. Email us at JesseTree@StMichaelCary.org. Include the Agency # and Family ID #. If for some reason you lose your ornament, we will be able to tell you what gift needs to be purchased. In addition, we will send you an email reminder for the deadline date to return your gift(s).
Where can I drop off my wrapped gift?
You may drop wrapped gifts after each Mass under the Jesse Trees. Deadline to drop off your wrapped gift is Sunday, December 8th.
Where should I drop off my monetary donation?
Checks, gift cards or cash may be dropped off at the Parish Office. Please designate Jesse Tree for your donations.