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Gift of Love

A program to provide for needy individuals and families at Christmas time.

Program Overview

Gift of Love is a program that provides food and gifts at Christmas time to those individuals and families who are most needy in our community and at our sharing parish, St. James in Chicago.

This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Edna parishioners to sponsor a family and share with those who have little in the way of material goods.

The Gift of Love program is a long standing tradition of making the Christmas season a lot brighter for over 100 families from the St. Edna area, our sharing parish St. James in Chicago, residents of Little City in Palatine, and Faith Community Homes.

Parishioners review the numerous individual wish lists in November and then select a family to sponsor.  They take the list and go shopping for the family, wrap and address the gifts, and also include additional food items and gift cards.  All presents are dropped off at St. Edna one morning about a month later and subsequently distributed directly to the families.


There are a lot of ways to help in this program.  Selecting a family to buy gifts for, donating cash or gift cards, volunteering to help with the many jobs during family selection days, present drop-off, present pick-up, the party with Santa, food, and activities, or joining the GOL Committee to help with numerous other duties needing volunteers.


We are blessed with people who continue to donate printing time and costs, packing boxes, warm scarves and hats, and even a moving truck and crew to transport the items to St. James on Wabash Ave.  The St. Edna maintenance crew, Gail, and the office staff are a great help.

Below are just a few of the cards from recipient families to show you how deeply you can touch people’s lives with your generosity. 


Join Us

For more information or to participate in this ministry as a Sponsor or Volunteer, please contact:

Genelle Quant,