Service Opportunities During the Christmas Season
Christmas offers a wonderful opportunity for students (families, too!) to give their time and talent to help those in need. Following are some suggestions. You may also want to contact your parish and other organizations you have served to find out if they need help during the Christmas season.
Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless
Volunteers are needed to help:
Serve dinner on Christmas Day at Turner Field. Since it is difficult to register a large group (last year they limited BT to 40 people), we recommend that you register directly on line, as an individual or family: www.hoseafeedthehungry.com. Children under 12 yrs. old are not accepted. We suggest that BT families register for the first shift: 9-noon so BT volunteers can be there together but if another shift is more convenient for you, sign up for it. St. Peter Chanel has a 7:30am Mass on Christmas Day so BT families can go to Mass before going downtown. After you register on line, please advise Laurie Marchuk (email@example.com) so we can communicate logistics, etc., information to everyone who registers for the first shift.
Work in the HFTH warehouse the week prior to Christmas (10am-6pm; 1035 Donnelly Ave., Atlanta, GA 30310) helping to prepare for the Christmas dinner event (not necessary to register-just arrive).
St. Ann Catholic Church
Four families are needed to help deliver Meals on Wheels on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Contact: Kathleen Keel 770-977-5090; firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
North Fulton Community Charities
Help with holiday gift intake and distribution, the Santa Shop and more. Visit www.nfccholiday.org for details.
Sam Robb Basketball Tournament, December 27-29
Sam Robb, a rising athlete at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2002 at the age of 15. After countless rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries, Sam’s cancer was in remission. However, due to the illness, Sam would be unable to play the sports he loved. Sam did not give up his dream of being an athlete and changed his focus to other sports that could accommodate his new physical limitations. Sadly, on June 25, 2007, Sam Robb lost his battle with an unexpected relapse of the cancer. This tournament is a tribute to Sam and his perseverance to be an athlete no matter the obstacles. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Sam Robb Fund within CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancers.
For more information about the tournament, visit www.firstgiving.com/samrobbmemorialholidayclassic2010. If you can help work at the tournament contact Annamarie Robb at email@example.com.
Families can provide and serve meals at MUST’s Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. Visit www.mustministries.org/volunteers or call the Volunteer Office 678.218.4536 for details.
St. Francis Table
On Saturday mornings, volunteers at St. Francis Table help set up and serve food (7am – noon) to the homeless in the basement of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception downtown. Call ahead to reserve your spot: 404.521.1866.