Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place. Casa Latina have asked for gift cards, Lowell Elementary School have specific gifts for some students as well as gift cards requested, and Mary’s Place has requested specific gifts for children under 10 years old.
The Giving Tree is full of tags and will be placed in the nave for the next three Sundays. 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, or come by and choose a tag from the Giving Tree.
Your generosity means an enormous amount to these families in our community. Please donate online or bring your unwrapped gifts and gift cards back to Saint Mark’s on or before Sunday, December 11 when they will be brought before the altar and blessed. (The gifts need to be delivered to Lowell before classes end on December 16.)
If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: 2019 Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.
UPDATE: The kids of Lowell School expressed their gratitude for the generosity of the Saint Mark's Community with this delightful oversize "card". (Click to enlarge)
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. 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.