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Thank you so much to our parishioners and members of the community who purchased and wrapped gifts for more than 500 children. In addition, St. Francis of Assisi School in Lumberton received gifts of school, office supplies, sports equipment and televisions for the classrooms. Each Christmas, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos helps give children in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, a brighter holiday through the Angel Tree.
This is all made possible through the coordination of three different organizations that work with IHM: Sojourners, a homeless advocacy group; Bienvenidos, a food bank in Santa Fe and Children Youth and Family Services Foster Care. All three of these groups help find children who are in need of Christmas gifts.
Sojourners help find clients in need and also encourage their clients to bring others who are need of help at Christmas. Sojourners is under the umbrella of Life Link, an organization in Santa Fe, focused on helping homeless people and families and improving their lives.
The group tells the children that the presents are from Santa Claus, but the kids are not from your average household and are usually so happy to have something for Christmas, that they don’t even think about who the presents come from.
The Angel Tree is set up in the church during the Thanksgiving weekend. The presents are donated by the second week in December. The Parish Youth at IHM volunteer hours to make the tags for the Angel Tree, sorts and bags the presents and loads the trailer for delivery to the centers in Santa Fe.
Thank you so much for all the generous Los Alamos people who purchased gifts this Christmas season! We could not do it without you!
Immaculate Heart of Mary staff