From online donations to the Giving Tree for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary, $5,180 was raised to purchase Target gift cards in $50 or $25 increments. In combination with gift tags that were purchased directly by parishioners, we reached the requests of 100 gift cards for Casa Latina and 75 gift cards for Lowell Elementary.
Additionally, Mary's Place received about 100 gifts from Saint Mark's parishioners.
Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place. Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary School have asked for gift cards this year, and Mary’s Place has requested specific gifts for children, youth, and parents.
The Giving Tree is full of tags, and will be placed in the nave for the next three Sundays. For Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary, pick a tag off the Giving Tree, or donate online at saintmarks.org/give (Choose "Casa Latina & Lowell School Gift Cards" from the list of options.)
For Mary’s Place, visit their Amazon Wish List here, or come by and choose a tag from the Giving Tree.
In this second year of hardship, your generosity means even more to these wonderful families. Please donate online or bring your (unwrapped) gift(s) or gift card(s) back to Saint Mark’s by Sunday, December 12.
You may also donate by mailing a check to Saint Mark’s (with “gift cards” in the memo line), or using the Venmo mobile app (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle; put "gift cards" in the comment), or by calling Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217.
If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Wendy Claire Barrie (email@example.com) or call 206.323.0300 x223.
Photo: 2019 Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.
Casa Latina advances the power and well-being of Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing. Saint Mark’s Sanctuary ministry is in relationship with Casa Latina to be a partner and harbor in times of trouble—and Casa Latina is a teacher and gatherer for Saint Mark’s to share in their efforts supporting families and promoting just immigration policies.
Lowell Elementary School, just down the street from Saint Mark’s, has a student body where over one-in-four of the children are experiencing homelessness, and in these pandemic times, are struggling more than ever. The school provides basic needs beyond education, and counts on their neighbors to help do it. Saint Mark’s volunteers have deep ties and relationship with students and the Lowell community.
Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness. Across seven emergency family shelters in King County, they keep struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go, providing resources, housing and employment services, community, and hope. Saint Mark’s provides holiday gifts each year.