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2015 Giving Tree Report

What a success the Giving Tree was thanks to the generosity of this amazing parish! There were over 700 tags taken from the trees and we were able to provide needy families the following help with Christmas:

• 33 Families from Council Groves and those who directly called the parish received gifts and food boxes
• An additional 8 families who called in their request late received food boxes and gift cards
• 18 Unaccompanied Hellgate students received school sweatshirts and we provided food for their food pantry
• 56 elderly and/or homebound individuals through the Partners in Health Care received gifts cards with 8 also receiving food boxes
• 120 toys went to the children at Council Grove Low Income Apartments for their Christmas Party
• 93 kids in Early Head Start received 2 articles of clothing each
• 20 Amazon Gift Cards went to the Seattle Nativity School to purchase textbooks and/or school supplies
• St Anthony Parish helped provide gifts for 63 kids entering foster care with the Backpacks for Kids program


2014 Giving Tree Report

Thank you!

This year we provided over 650 gifts and food boxes to 50 families who called the parish for assistance or were referred by the following agencies:

  • Home Community  Based Services
  • Council Groves
  • Council Groves Christmas Party
  • Seattle Nativity School
  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • Missoula County Health Department
  • Heart Butte Clinic

Special thanks to all of our extraordinary volunteers without whom we couldn’t make this project happen year after year!!


2013 Giving Tree Report

Last year we filled 630 tags, serving more than 80  families and provided over 80 food boxes.  We helped Backpacks for Kids, Head Start, Seattle Nativity School, Council Groves, Home Community Based Services, Missoula County Health Department, Family Promise and numerous families who came to us directly for assistance.   Additionally, we sent 1453 pounds of  food to Missoula Food Bank!

It is always heart-warming to see the abundance of care for those most vulnerable among us.  Here a a few of the thank you notes that we have received:

Dear St Francis Xavier,

We made dinner and shared it with less fortunate neighbors, too.  We had a good time and no one felt singled out due to lack of $.  We did crafts with the kids so they could go home with something special.  Happiness isn’t $ or gifts but family and friends.

Thank you very much,


The thank you notes are still coming in from our annual Giving Tree project:

A family says “thank you so much for all the wonderful presents”

Dianne Grutsch from the Missoula County Health Department says “thank you so much for your generosity of food and gifts for my clients.  They were appreciated very much”

A Mother says “I do really appreciate all the things that were in my Christmas box and the $25 Gift Card.  God Bless and prayers and many thanks!

The families from Family Promise thanked us for our gifts and support to the program.

And from Head Start: “Thank you for making this a wonderful holiday”, “What kindness you showed! Thanks!”


Dear St Francis Angels,

Thank you for all that you do.  God bless you all.  We really appreciate everything!  How wonderful the Giving Tree Program is!



Dear St Francis Xavier Church:

  • Thank you so much for your very generous donations to Backpacks for Kids for children entering into foster care for the first time.  Thanks again for your generosity and for being a part of this giving community spirit and for remembering these very special children.  You have made a difference in their lives.
  • Sincerely,
  • Nancy Delger
  • Backpacks for Kids Program Coordinator
  • Thank you to all our volunteers and to those who gave so generously!


2012 Giving Tree Report

Last year, we distributed gifts, clothing and food to more than 60 families, provided 36 lap blankets to a local nursing home and transported a pick up load of coats, clothing items and gifts to Heart Butte.  We provided gifts for Backpacks for Kids and the Council Groves Christmas Party and took leftover food boxes to the Missoula Food Bank, Poverello Center and to St Ignatius mission.  This is because of your great generosity and involvement in the largest project our parish carries out. Thanks to Chris Sellman for heading up the Giving Tree last year. Here are a few photos of the event!


St Francis Parish,

You made our Christmas and needs and we are grateful. We shared 2 boxes of food with 2 out of work neighbors as well as feeding our family.  We cooked the turkey and had the neighbors over to share the dinner.  They too were grateful for your kindness.  I don’t qualify for unemployment and refuse to go on welfare, I babysit 3 times a week and donate blood to survive and support my 2 sons. Being a single parent is a challenge but also a blessings in many ways,  Thank you for all you have done!



Your recent food donation was 184 pounds!  This provides 123 meals to our neighbors struggling with hunger –Missoula Food Bank