In the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The eight agencies we (the Social Concerns Committee) have received gift requests from these past several years have had to make significant changes in light of the covid-19 virus:

  • They can’t accept physical gifts this year
  • They need our “virtual” gifts earlier than usual – by November 24 at the latest!

One thing hasn’t changed – the number of people who depend on us to brighten their Christmas.

Last year we distributed 187 gifts and lots of Christmas stockings to those who might have been forgotten at Christmas but for the generosity of St. Agnes parishioners. There will be no Advent wreaths with gift tags this year though the need is even greater.  Instead, these agencies have asked us to provide gift cards.

In addition to the agencies, we are also collecting for Good Shepherd Volunteer Caregivers and Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church.

We are asking that you provide cash/check donations to the Social Concerns Committee. The various agencies will tell us what gift cards they need, and we will order them through our Cash Card program. The agencies will then do the shopping themselves or distribute the cards, whichever is the best and safest arrangement for their clients. PLEASE DONATE CASH/CHECKS, NOT GIFT CARDS!

We welcome donations in any amount.

Thank you!
Social Concerns Committee

Make Checks Payable to:

St. Agnes Social Concerns Committee
On the memo line write Christmas.

You can drop donations in the collection basket at mass, bring them to the parish office, or mail to:

St. Agnes
PO Box 1603
Shepherdstown, WV 25443