Advent Giving Tree

Agt2Agt3Agt4Each year our parish community has been extremely generous with the annual Advent Giving Tree. This year was definitely no exception. Once again St. Thomas More parishioners opened their hearts & wallets in reaching out to the working poor. This year we supported the following non-profit organizations:

Annunciation Maternity, Austin Life Care Pregnancy Services, Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, Breath of Life, Foundation for the Homeless, Maplewood

Elementary, Mobile Loaves/Fishes, Safeplace, St. Julia, Santa Barbara, St Mary's Lockhart, Sacred Heart Elgin, Sacred Heart Austin, St. Vincent de Paul, as well as families within the St. Thomas More community.  THANK YOU to everyone that took tags from the trees and returned gifts. Because of your generosity we collected and distributed over 1800 gifts. In the spirit of this most Holy Season may God continue to bless all of you abundantly with His many blessings.

– The Advent Giving Tree Committee


  • 2012: We supported 12 non-profit organizations, 192 families, 1106 individuals, and provided, 1907 gifts 
  • 2011: We supported 12 non-profit organizations, 159 families,    887 individuals, and provided 1,781 gifts 
  • 2010: We supported 12 non-profit organizations, 164 families,    824 individuals, and provided 1,833 gifts 
  • 2009: We supported 14 non-profit organizations, 175 families,    850 individuals, and provided 1,922 gifts 
  • 2008: We supported 11 non-profit organizations, 201 families, 1,075 individuals, and provided 1,650 gifts
  • 2007: We supported 10 non-profit organizations, 178 families,    872 individuals, and provided 1,511 gifts
  • 2006: We supported   6 non-profit organizations, 131 families,     450 individuals, and provided 1,300 gifts

There are Volunteer opportunities, which include being part of the planning team, help putting the putting the tags on the trees, helping during the gift collection weekends in Advent, sorting and packing the collected gifts by non-profit.

For more information about how you may volunteer to help in the annual

Advent Giving Tree Ministry please contact:

Nicole Iwinski, 734-276-8899,