Every year, we experience a Christmas miracle. Hundreds of kids in our programs, where their parents are helping build or rebuild a life for their family, ask for Christmas presents that their families cannot afford on a tight budget.
Our Catholic Charities Angel Tree helps out those parents. Right now, we are only at about 50% of our kids claimed for a gift - that's 367 kids as of this post!
The Angel Tree is very simple. You pick a family that fits with how much you are able to give, and we provide you the first names, gender, age, and a few requests. Then you, your friends, or family, get to go shopping for someone else and deliver the gifts to our downtown offices.
Trust us, this is really a rewarding thing to do during a holiday season too often lost in the stress of more, more, more. A few facts to go along:
- Nearly half of all those who are homeless this year are in a family, as reported by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments annual Point in Time homeless survey.
- Most of these children and their families are in a Catholic Charities program, likely one with that works with low-income families.
- There were 3,417 children counted among the homeless this year.
While a Christmas gift obviously won’t change these massive challenges, it is a token of hope. It lets each child and parent know they aren’t alone, that they are surrounded by a community who is thinking about them at a very hard time of the year.
So, can we count on you to help us make sure all 800 kids have a Merry Christmas?