Our Lady of Fatima Outreach is proud of the hard work done in order to ensure that every one of their clients is able to have a very merry Christmas. OLF, in conjunction with the Port Washington community and people even further afield, is able to provide every one of our clients with either gift cards or presents. Our Christmas giving program is twofold; Client families are either adopted by a sponsor or they are provided gift cards from the Giving Tree.
Adopt a Family Program:
Each year, at the end of the summer, Christmas planning begins at OLF Outreach. Clients are asked to fill out a wish list of things that they need for their families. The wish lists ask for clothing and household items because our OLF Outreach children each receive a generous gift card from a donor in order to purchase toys. We ask that our clients be as specific as possible and they are aware they they may not receive everything on their wish list. In October we send out letters to all past sponsors asking if they would like to participate again. Any additional people who have also heard about our program may also call Outreach in order to be matched with a family and to be put on our sponsor list. We then do our best to match people up with families and we try to have the lists out before black Friday. On the Sunday before Christmas we collect all of the gifts between the hours of 8:30am and noon. In the afternoon we have a wonderful Christmas celebration, Santa visits, and all of the gifts are distributed. It is a blessing to see the awe in the childrens' and parents' faces as they receive their gifts. The thankfulness of the Outreach community is immeasurable. If you are interested in adopting a family, please contact Sister Kathy @516-883-3903.
Christmas Giving Tree:
Another way to participate in Christmas giving is to sponsor a family with a gift card from the OLF Giving Tree. Each year, a Christmas Giving Tree, placed in the OLF Church, is decorated with ornaments that represent a client of Outreach. These ornaments correspond with clients who were not adopted in our Adopt a Family program. The age, gender and family number of a client will be written on each ornament. In recent years, with the opening of Target, we have asked for Target gift cards in increments of $25.00. Parishioners, and anyone who is interested in participating, may take ornaments from the tree in order to purchase gift cards. We ask that the cards are returned, with the ornament, at any Mass or at the gift drop off on the Sunday before Christmas between 8:30am-noon.