We are fast approaching Christmas and are about to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. The staff at Saint John Paul II as well as the St. Anthony Daniel Parish would like to invite all families to experience the true meaning of the season, by participating in the St. Vincent de Paul “Angel Tree Campaign” from Monday, November 26th until Friday, December 14th, 2018.

If you are not familiar with the Angel tree, the idea is to purchase a Christmas gift for a child who would otherwise not receive one. To make it meaningful for your child, we ask that they choose a gift a child their age would enjoy. All donations will be supporting families within our own community that would not otherwise be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

Once again this year, the Kindergarten – Grade 6 classes will be participating in Angel Tree Campaign. The Grade 7’s and 8’s will be participating in “Operation Christmas Child” by filling shoeboxes with personal hygiene items, school supplies, small toys, and candy, for a child in need somewhere else in the world. Through these two initiatives, we hope to inspire the students to share the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ – God’s Greatest Gift.

Once you have purchased a gift please return it to the school unwrapped. Gifts will be picked up on Friday December 14th, 2018, by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers who will then arrange for distribution to families in need on Saturday December 15th.

We will be setting up a tree in the front foyer to create our “Angel Tree”. Each child or family making a donation will place an angel on our tree and their gift under the tree. When the gift is brought in, your child will get the opportunity to decorate an angel at school for our tree. If you wish to participate in our Saint John Paul II “Angel Tree Campaign”, please send in a new, unwrapped gift or gift card by the morning of Friday, December 14th, 2018.

Thank you for helping to show the giving community Saint John Paul II is!