Christmas Tree

Some 12 years ago one of our parishioners, who wishes to remain anonymous, called on the parish office and advised that their daughter, who was about 15 at the time, had told her parents that she did not want a Christmas gift, but instead, asked them to sponsor a Christmas tree for underprivileged children.  The parish office simply had to provide names of about 50 children, for whom they purchased gifts.   The first occasion was very heartrending, as most of these children had never had a gift in their lives.   This has become an annual event which provides immeasurable joy to the children.  A lovely party is arranged and entertainment is provided.   Father Christmas arrives and distributes the gifts.