With many leaves having fallen, night-time temperatures hovering around freezing, and the Thanksgiving holiday days away, it can only mean one thing...the start of the 2015 Christmas Wishes initiative is upon us.
"Catholic Charities' Christmas Wishes has become a longstanding tradition of the season for many families, churches, and businesses in our community," explained Megan Stack Emerson, Family Assistance and Community Employment department director.
"Last year, approximately 1200 individuals - mostly children or seniors - were able to have Christmas as a result of their generous donations," she added.
Catholic Charities case managers supply many of the names for the recipients and information about specific needs for each of them. Each recipient then has a Christmas Wishes tag created with key information such as sex, age (for children), a few basic needs (shoes, pants, or a coat, for example) and a few "wish" items. The tags are distributed throughout the community.
"We have already had parishes and businesses contact us for this year's tags," said Emerson. In addition, a Christmas Wishes tree decorated with tags will be up at the Catholic Pastoral Center (Entrance #7) by Friday, November 20 as a convenience to individuals or families wishing to participate. The Christmas Wishes tag tree can be accessed Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
"We always had a Christmas Wishes tree set up at Saint Mary Villa. We want to continue that tradition in our new Catholic Pastoral Center location."
For specific volunteer opportunities tied to the wrapping and delivery of Christmas Wishes gifts, go to http://www.cctenn.org/volunteer.cfm.
For more information on how you, your family, business, or group can adopt Christmas Wishes tags, call 615-760-1031615-760-1031 or email ChristmasWishes@cctenn.org.