Giving Tree Charity Drive
Seattle Prep’s annual Giving Tree Charity drive runs from Mon. Dec. 2 to Tues, Dec. 18, 2013.
Seattle Prep offers three ways to give to others this Advent/Christmas season:
1.Raising Money for Child Health in Chiapas Mexico
Seattle is teaming up with the Jesuit mission in Chiapas, Mexico and the Seattle based One Equal Heart Foundation to support the work of the Tseltal Maya indigenous peoples in rural Chiapas, Mexico, as they build healthy and sustainable communities. We will specifically be raising money for children's health. $25 sponsors one child's supplemental nutrition for a year! Goal: $2,500. Monday can be handed into the Attendance office off the Commons. Checks can be made to Seattle Prep. www.oneequalheart.org
2. Traditional Christmas Gifts for the Poor
Fulfill a Christmas wish of a formerly homeless person living in supportive housing at St.Martin’s on Westlake, Catholic Housing Unit. Take a tag off the tree in the Commons, check in your tag with Mrs. Cooper in the main office, buy the present and bring it unwrapped to the main office by December 18. www.ccsww.org
3. Basic Hygiene Supplies for the Homeless
We are collecting hygiene supplies for the Urban Rest Stop and The Wintonia. The Urban Rest Stop (URS) is a hygiene center providing free restrooms, showers and laundry facilities to homeless men, women and children. The Wintonia is a Catholic Housing unit that provides housing to the formerly homeless. . http://www.urbanreststop.org/
Individual classes should collect the following supplies:
FRESHMEN-Socks – Warm socks - Preferably new, but gentlyused is ok.
SOPHOMORES- Personal Hygiene supplies – razors, toothbrushes,toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner/soap.
JUNIORS-Personal Hygiene supplies – razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner/soap.
SENIORS-Winter gear – Jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats,scarves. Preferably new, but gently used is ok.
All items due by Dec. 18th
Past Giving Tree International Charities.
2012 - $4000 raised for Rural Children's Education in China
Two of our students have established their own non profit Yuan for Youth and traveled to China to distribute funds raise by Prep. Check out the movie trailer of the documentary about their journey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLIGAqaKesM
Contact Community Minister Brian Mack for more information.
(206) 577-2173 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Seattle Prep’s Annual Giving Tree Charity Drive
As a Catholic and Jesuit school Seattle Prep strives to have students live our their faith by forming
young people into women and men for others. Since 1993 Seattle Prep has run the Giving Tree Charity Drive between
Thanksgiving and Christmas break. This project educates and enables the Prep community to give back to the community
in various ways:
- Donation of money to an international charity.
Donation of basic needs to a local charity
- Donations of traditional Christmas gifts to formerly homeless men.
How do you decide who or what to help?
- Fundraising for an international charity. Students, faculty and staff approach us with needs they see internationally.
- Donations of basic needs to a local charity. Local charities contact us about needs they have. Students and the Community Ministry team decide what to take on.
- Donations of traditional Christmas gifts to formerly homeless men. Seattle Prep has teamed up with the Catholic Housing unit, St. Martin’s on Westlake for the entire history of this project.www.ccsww.org
Why give to three different agencies?
Seattle Prep promotes not just monetary donations but to look at the full spectrum of human needs. The three emphasis of the project help us to
focus on an international goal where we raise money, a local goal focused on fulfilling basic needs and also providing a traditional Christmas gift for the formerly homeless.
How does Seattle Prep students find out about this Project?
- The Giving Tree All School Assembly
- Teachers in classrooms
- Communications- flyers, announcements, email, tweets, Twitter @seaprepministry, Prep’s web site www.seaprep.org
How / where do students or Prep families donate goods or money?
Students often organize by Collegio class or by junior or senior theology classes. Students can drop off donation items to the
Community Ministry office. Room 104 McDonnell hall
Monetary donations can be made in collection jars in classrooms or via checks made out to Seattle Prep.
Doesn’t this Project have an actual Giving Tree?
Yes, there is a Christmas tree located in the Commons that people can take a wish tag off of. Tags on the tree are wishes from formerly
homeless men in Catholic Housing. Check your tag in with the staff in the main office, just off the Commons and bring it
back unwrapped by the due date!
Who runs the Giving Tree project?
The Faith in Action senior Theology class in conjunction with the Community Ministry Department
How does the creative theme for the Giving Tree get decided?
The senior Faith in Action Theology Class thinks of topical themes for the Project. Most themes play off of popular television or
media programs. Past themes include: “The Biggest Giver”, “The NGL (National Giving League) etc. There is an all school Giving Tree assembly where the project is creatively introduced to the school.
Do contributions actually help or make a difference?
Each of the agencies we donate to have a powerful record of helping the neediest in our community. For instance, some of the residents in
Catholic housing have been homeless for over a decade before moving into housing and will receive their first Christmas gift in years. Seattle Prep also meets basic hygiene needs for those on the street. Internationally Seattle Prep has helped to build schools, fix up orphanages, funded literacy buses, sponsored children’s education. The Giving Tree provides a positive and immediate impact to hundreds of people every year.
What other agencies has Seattle Prep helped in the past?
One Equal Heart Foundation to support the work of the Tseltal Maya indigenous peoples in rural Chiapas, Mexico, www.oneequalheart.org
Juvenile Detention Ministry at the King County Youth Detention Center
Education Across Boarders- Student scholarships in the Dominican Republic www.educationaccrossborders.org
Catholic Housing Services (CHS)
Probiqua Guatamala mobile library
Hurricane Katrina Relief –Shirts Across America,
What are other ways Seattle Prep helps others?
You can visit Prep's Christian Service web page to find out more. http://www.seaprep.org/page.aspx?pid=567