Christmas Giving

Through HNOJ Christmas Giving, our community generously donates items for Operation Christmas Child, students at Ascension Catholic School and children at Sharing and Caring Hands and Mary’s Place through Santa’s Toy Box. From late October through mid-November, parishioners are encouraged to learn about each of these giving opportunities and consider generously contributing to any—or all!—of these important causes.

From November 4-15, we collect items for Operation Christmas Child, Ascension Catholic School and Santa’s Toy Box all in one convenient place designated in the Gathering Space.

This year our Operation Christmas Child party takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m.  The packing and wrapping of shoeboxes will take place in the gym.  We will also have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner available in the Good Samaritan Center from 5:15-7:00 p.m. thanks to our fabulous Wednesday Fine Dining Crew!  Free will donations for the meal are accepted and appreciated.  

Opportunities to Give:

Ascension Catholic School Pic

Operation Christmas Child provides basic items and Christmas toys for children in need by packing shoeboxes and sending them throughout the world. The following items would be wonderful additions to the supplies we will use to pack shoeboxes at our Operation Christmas Child Party:

  • Basic school supplies (that will fit in a shoebox)
  • Bar soap
  • Washcloths
  • Toothbrushes (no toothpaste)
  • Combs and hairbrushes
  • Small toys or games (no toy weapons)
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Picture books
  • Shoeboxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape

Sponsor a shoebox by writing a check to Samaritan’s Purse for $9 (each box we send must be accompanied by a check for shipping)

Ascension Catholic School is a place where students defy the odds. It the midst of poverty (86 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch), students are exceling academically beyond state averages, and one hundred percent of students that have finished eighth grade at Ascension moved on to graduate high school. In place of the Ascension Gift Bag Program of years past, this year we’ll collect items in bulk to give to students at our sister school Ascension. You can donate basic items, as well as toys for children at any grade level (K-8). Examples of items include:

  • Hats, mittens and gloves                                                      
  • Crafts, playing cards, board games
  • Balls, Frisbees, sidewalk chalk, outdoor games
  • Handheld electric games  (if it takes batteries, please include extra)
  • Action figures, dolls (of color, please)
  • Books (preferably books with characters of color)
  • Grade-specific flashcards
Dsc Gift Wrap

Santa’s Toy Box serves children at Sharing and Caring Hands and Mary’s Place. These children are homeless or in transition, and we can offer the comfort and care of Christmas through our contributions. New and unwrapped gifts are needed for children of all ages. The gifts you donate will make a big difference in the life of a child on Christmas morning! Examples of toys and activities you can donate include:

  • Balls, Frisbees, sports toys (many children staying at Sharing and Caring Hands are boys right now)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Hand-held puzzle games
  • Hand-held electronic games (with batteries included)
  • Books for all ages (with relevant characters for children of color)
  • Dolls and action figures (of color, please)
  • Markers, molding clay, crafts
  • Coloring books, puzzles books, and journals
  • Board games