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St. Paul's Lutheran Church
  The Giving Tree  

The Giving Tree

Who to Contact:

 Jessica Carr & Sara Bielharz


833-1761 ext. 330

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ELCA World Hunger Appeal

Erie County CROP Walk

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Inner-City School Clothing Collection

LWR Fair Trade Handcraft Fair

LWR Kit Ministries

Patchwork of Love

The Giving Tree

Village at Luther Square Birthday Party

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

Goal of Ministry

The goal is to “adopt” families living in poverty by providing them with food for a festive dinner and gifts for their children at Christmas.

When and How?

Right before Thanksgiving a tree is set up in the narthex covered with paper ornaments that hold the names and gift requests of children or food items.  Some ornaments also help purchase gift cards for the families.  Donations of food and wrapped gifts with the ornaments attached are returned to church before a designated date.  The quilters, Patchwork of Love, contribute a quilt for each family.

Who is Served

We serve families who are most in need from Family Services.  We help approximately 8 families with about 20 children.


Volunteers are needed every year to deliver to the families.  This usually takes place the weekend before Christmas Day.

Who to Contact

The contact people for The Giving Tree are Jessica Carr and Sara Beilharz. They can both be reached at GivingTree@stpaulserie.org.