Joy Of Christmas

This outreach program is designed to bring "Christmas Joy" and provide assistance to the families in the Wake Forest/Rolesville area who are in need.

Each year, with the help of the local elementary school counselors, St. John's receives the names of approximately 25 families and 15 senior citizens in need. Through the Joy of Christmas program, members and guests of St. John's provide Christmas gifts for each child of the families. A holiday meal and food for their holiday season is also provided. St. John's ECW, Food Lion and Boy Scout Troop 5 from Wake Forest, have helped to provide food, extra gifts, and assistance with organizing the many packages for delivery.

How can I help?

Shoppers: First names and ages of children and seniors names are put on a Christmas tree each year at St. John's by mid-October. The tree is located in St. John's parish hall. Members and visitors of St. John's are encouraged to select and name to shop for that child for Christmas.

Team Leaders: Coordinators for each family/senior that will receive food and gifts, are also needed. The Team leaders talk to the family/senior and find out what each child's specific needs, wishes, and sizes are and relays that information to the appropriate "shopper." The team leader also delivers gifts and food to the family/senior.

Donate: Money that can be used to shop for a child or help defray food costs.