Each year, as we enter the Christmas season, we reach out to agencies that serve families in need of food and supplies. We, at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, have an opportunity to respond to this need while living out Goals 1, 3, and 4 of Sacred Heart schools. This year the needs of families in our Saint Louis community are greater than ever.
The joy of preparing food baskets for those in need at Christmas has been a long-standing tradition for our school community. Every year, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School commits to provide at least as many baskets as there are families in our School. Each family's participation is essential to honor this commitment.
For those of you who are new to this tradition, each school family provides a decorated basket (or box) of food that will allow a family to prepare a holiday meal. Laundry baskets make great containers for holding and transporting these meals. Baskets may include staples such as rice, potatoes, or noodles; canned goods; a turkey, ham, or chicken if frozen; vegetables; bread; dessert; household items; candy—whatever your family would like to contribute. Please do not include any items with alcohol.
Our Christmas Baskets tradition can be a great Advent family activity. Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in truly making this a family project:
- talk about this as a family and decide how each member is to have a part in the project
- ask each member to contribute some personal money each week to pay for the groceries
- have children take turns going to the store to purchase items for the basket so that each child feels included
- take time before your family meal to pray for those who are in need, especially for those who will receive your food basket
- volunteer to deliver food baskets on Friday, December 18, 2020
Christmas Baskets Drop-Off and Delivery
Baskets may to be dropped off at the West Door of the 1929 Main Building between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 17, or between 7:00 and 8:30 am on Friday, December 18. A team of seniors and staff will be at the West Door to receive your basket. Even if you are delivering baskets, please bring your basket to the West Door to be included in the total count!
Delivery of the baskets will begin around 10:30 am on December 18. Please know that we are always in need of drivers to deliver baskets. If your family would like to take part in delivering the baskets, please email Theresa Wiss at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 7.
Christmas Baskets Mass
In the interest of everyone’s safety during this pandemic, we will not have a community-wide Christmas Baskets Mass this year. Our seniors, who will be working December 18 to receive and organize baskets, will have the opportunity to celebrate their final Christmas Baskets Mass with a special, socially-distanced Mass. Everyone in our Sacred Heart community is encouraged to join us (virtually) at 9 am Friday, December 18, for this annual tradition. Mass will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and our YouTube Channel.
We look forward to celebrating this long-standing tradition with families again in 2021. Please remember December 18 is the start of Christmas break; not a school day for students in grades JK3-11.
As we enter into this Advent season, let us pray for one another that the Lord might truly find a home in each of us and in our families this Christmas. Let us also pray for those who are suffering or marginalized, those who find this holiday season a lonely one, and those who are in special need of God’s love at this time.
Thank you for your generosity! May this Christmas be a special one for each of you.
Straub's Food Basket
Straub’s Fine Grocers can package and deliver a Christmas basket to Villa, which can be a convenient alternative to preparing a Christmas basket at home.
Out of Town?
You can donate to Christmas Baskets through either of the following registries. Choose from a variety of dry goods and they will ship direct to us. We will honor your donation in a special petition at the seniors' Christmas Baskets Mass. Please make your purchases by Saturday, December 12, to ensure they arrive in time. Special thanks to Elizabeth Smith Brigham '00, who established the Amazon registry in 2013 and has organized it each year since its inception.