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Angel Giving Project

This is an Advent Ministry that enables parishioners to anonymously provide Christmas gifts to needy Seniors, adults and children in the Alameda/Oakland community.
Names of individuals are obtained by contacting organizations, e.g., convalescent hospitals and homeless and children's ministries. Labels are typed with the name and wish of each person. Paper ornaments are prepared and decorated by children of the parish. On the First Sunday of Advent, a table with the ornaments bearing the first name and wish of each person is placed in the church. Parishioners take the ornaments, buy the gift, wrap it, and return it to the church. The presents are collected after each Mass and later sorted by the organization. Between 400-500 gifts are delivered before Christmas. At every step, ministers provide the hands that make what is the waiting of Advent become the joy of Christmas. 
There is one planning meeting in September and one follow-up meeting in January. We also get together the day the ornaments are placed in the church (usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and the day the presents are sorted (usually the Second or Third Sunday of Advent.) Contact Peggy Ritchie at 510-865-8352.
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Angel Giving Project Ministry

Contact Info.

1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-0181
Parish Office Hours:
           8:30 am to 5pm (closed noon to 1) 
           8:30 am to 12:30pm (volunteer staffing) 
           8:30am to 1:00pm. (volunteer staffing)