Share The Joy Virtual Christmas Drive 2021

Snow will soon be in the air and the joy of the Christmas will be upon us… let’s spread the gladness of the season by joining in the Share the Joy Christmas Drive held by the Twelve Baskets Ministry.  With toy/gift availability uncertain due to well-publicized supply chain issues and COVID-19 cautiousness by the receiving agencies, this Drive will remain virtual in 2021.  There are tangible options available for gift giving to three worthy agencies we have long assisted at Christmas.  You can help by choosing one of them listed below ON or BEFORE Sunday, December 5th. 

Option 1: Risen Christ School's "Adopt-A-Family"

Risen Christ lost a sponsoring benefactor this year for their Adopt-a-Family Christmas event. So instead of providing uniforms as we have in the past, we agreed to assist them with their most at risk school families.  They seek gift cards to Aldi or Walmart in denominations of $25 or $50 each.  All donations will be used for basic needs such as food, clothing, household items, bedding, etc.  A gift of $50 would support one person and $200 would support a family of four- sponsor one person or more – it’s completely up to you!  How to give?  Either:

  1. To contribute any amount to a fund for gift cards - CLICK HERE.
  2. Purchase Aldi or Walmart cards and drop them off at the Pax Christi office or the Lock Box on the wall near the Reception Desk at Door #3.

Option 2: Children of Gichitwaa Kateri Church

Pax Christi has provided Christmas presents for the Faith Formation students Christmas party at Kateri for more than a decade.  After discussion with Kateri staff, gift cards are the best option because of supply chain issues this year.  If you would like to contribute to a fund to purchase Target/Walmart Gift cards for the kids - CLICK HERE

NOTE: By creating one fund, it ensures we can divide the donations equally amongst the children.

Option 3: St. Stephen's Men's Shelter/House of Charity (recently merged)

The needs of the homeless they serve are for “the basics” and give comfort in difficult living situations.  Their Staff stated they “can never have too many of these items in December”.  They have an Amazon Charity List online - CLICK HERE to view this list. Items you purchase will be sent directly to the charity. 

It’s also fine to shop for similar items at another retailer like Target or Costco that can ship DIRECTLY to:  St. Stephen’s main office 2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404.  St. Stephen’s requests you note on the Gift Receipt (from Amazon, Target or Costco) you are from Pax Christi.

Finally, if you don’t want to deal with all the technology simply send, or bring, a check to the office at Pax Christi by November 30th (so we have time to shop) with a note in the memo line stating, “Share the Joy”, and we will put your funds to use where giving was lightest. As always, thank you for your generosity and Merry Christmas.

Pax Christi Catholic Community

12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347


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